Daniil Medvedev defeats Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon final

Daniil Medvedev of Russia poses with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic in their men’s singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Saturday. (GETTY IMAGES)

It was the first major championship final for both players. Medvedev, the world number 33, defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-2. He set the tone by breaking Djokovic’s first serve in the final game of the first set. Djokovic, who was making his 31st Wimbledon final, looked out of sorts in the first two sets and fell down a break in the third set. In the fourth set, Djokovic broke back, but Medvedev led 4-3 and took two games to win the match and win the Wimbledon title.

Djokovic, who had dominated in the major tournaments during the past five years, was hampered throughout the tournament. After suffering an elbow injury that forced him to withdraw from the French Open, he initially looked lost. Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals to unranked Kevin Anderson, the first seeded player to beat him in a major. In the second round, he was shown up by 21-year-old Denis Shapovalov, who had beaten the Serb in straight sets. The semifinal matchup was decided by a tiebreaker. Djokovic held the early advantage but Medvedev roared back, ending the set with a forehand winner that earned him a brief moment of levity: “I think I would like to cry a little,” he said after clinching the tiebreaker.

Had Djokovic won the men’s final, it would have been his 13th Grand Slam tournament win. With Medvedev, Djokovic still has his work cut out for him. Medvedev, who beat tennis legend Rafael Nadal in the third round, is only 23. Djokovic’s career is over.

Other key moments from the match included Medvedev double-faulting on match point. Djokovic looked glum after the match, and later tweeted, “so that was disappointing.”

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