Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 in a hard-fought, captivating five-set classic to earn the 2014 Wimbledon Championship on Sunday. The top-seeded Serb and fourth-seeded Swiss went back and forth for three hours and 56 minutes, trading punches and counterpunches like two prizefighters in their prime.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams withdrew from the Wimbledon women’s doubles competition today after Serena was unfit to get through the first set. Serena Williams came out for warm-ups and was visibly disoriented. This continued through the short match as she could barely bounce the ball and didn’t get a single serve into play against opponents Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele. The match was called with the Williams sisters down 3-0.
She was checked out by doctors multiple times and was allowed to continue despite being visibly… messed up. It was such a strange sight that announcers even wondered if something would turn up in a drug test. On Saturday she was eliminated from the Women’s tournament by France’s Alize Cornet (1-6, 6-3, 6-4).
Apparently, Serena is suffering from a “viral illness.”
Novak Djokovic hurt his shoulder during his third round match Wimbledon on Friday. Djokovic was up (6-5, 6-3, 3-2) against Gilles Simon when Djokovic went to the ground and jammed his shoulder. The match was delayed for seven and a half minutes while a trainer and doctor attended to the 2011 Wimbledon champ. He was then prescribed a small pain killer and continued the match.
Djokovic would stuck it out and win the final set 6-4. He will now have two days off before his next match.
Roger Federer defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets at the Gary Weber Open earlier today. Fed won the second-set tiebreak 7-4, but didn’t immediately realize the match was over. What a pleasant surprise!
Donald Young is the 81st-ranked men’s singles tennis player in the world. This week Young is in Florida participating in the Sarasota Open. Young, the 2-seed in the tournament, beat 16-year old Alexander Zverev (6-4, 7-5), but as this video shows, he wasn’t completely happy with his performance. After one of his returns hit the net, Young shouted “son of a biscuit.” I’m not sure if it was the initial biscuit-bomb or the ones that followed that caused the umpire to give him a warning, but Young was not pleased. So he politely asked the umpire not to give him any crap.