WIMBLEDON, England—Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday's final, there already was inscribed: “Miss S. Halep.”
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WIMBLEDON, England—Roger Federer won more points than Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.
Federer was the first of the pair to come within a point of taking the championship yesterday, too. Had two such chances in the fifth set, even.
WIMBLEDON, England—After going more than 1 1/2 years without playing each other anywhere, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be meeting at a second consecutive Grand Slam tournament when they face off in Wimbledon's semifinals.
Last month, Nadal got his shot at Federer on red clay, winning their wind-whipped French Open semifinal in straight sets on the way to a 12th title there.
PARIS—For a few, fleeting moments yesterday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.
MELBOURNE, Australia—Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so flawless, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance.
Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another out-classed opponent—just a guy, really—and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his famous forehands entirely.
MELBOURNE, Australia—This was quite a return for Serena Williams. Almost as if she never left.
In her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant, and her first official match anywhere since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September, Williams looked to be at her dominant best, overpowering Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2 in the first round today.
NEW YORK—The U.S. Open final suddenly appeared to be slipping away from Novak Djokovic.
He dropped three-consecutive games. He was barking at himself, at his entourage, at a crowd vocally supporting his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro.
He was, in short, out of sorts.
NEW YORK—Novak Djokovic put aside all of it: from his opponent's unheard-of, middle-of-a-set chance to change out of sweat-soaked clothes and shoes to consecutive time violations because he let the serve clock expire to the 16 break points he wasted.
NEW YORK—Some players, like top-ranked Simona Halep, freely acknowledge they don't deal well with the hustle-and-bustle of the U.S. Open and all it entails.
Others, like 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, take to the Big Apple and its Grand Slam tournament.
NEW YORK—There was something bittersweet about David Ferrer's last Grand Slam match. Yes, he got to depart by sharing the court with his friend and Spanish Davis Cup teammate Rafael Nadal, under the lights on the big stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open.