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Wimbledon review: Turning point for Alcaraz in gripping final

Wimbledon did not disappoint this year as Carlos Alcaraz defeated Novak Djokovic to take home the men's title and Marketa Vondrousova stunned Ons Jabeur in the women's showpiece.

Here we look back on a fabulous Wimbledon Championships.

Changing of the guard with second Grand Slam for Alcaraz

When reflecting on this year's Wimbledon Championships, there really is no place to start other than with that stunning five-set epic final between Alcaraz and Djokovic on Sunday.

It was all spectators could ask for from a final as Djokovic showed his experience to breeze through the opening set before Alcaraz showcased his excellent athleticism and array of drop shots to go 2-1 up, only for Djokovic to typically hit back and take the fourth.

That set up a deciding fifth set and Alcaraz got over the line to win 1-6 7-6 6-1 3-6 6-4 and claim his first Wimbledon title.

It was the Spaniard's second Grand Slam title after he won the US Open last year and he is 6/4 to defend his title at Flushing Meadows later this season.

After Sunday's spectacle, it is hard to escape the conclusion that Alcaraz's win represents a changing of the guard.

Having retained the world number one spot with his victory, the Spaniard became the first player to beat Djokovic on Centre Court since 2013 and to have come back from a crushing defeat in the first set shows serious character.

Earlier in the tournament, Alcaraz took down Daniil Medvedev, Holger Rune and Matteo Berrettini and the future looks immensely bright for the 20-year-old from Murcia.

Djokovic falls short of landmark title

There were a number of records on the line for defeated finalist Djokovic on Sunday.

Had he beaten Alcaraz, the Serbian would have made it 35 wins in a row at Wimbledon and he would have secured an eighth title at the All England Club.

It would also have meant Djokovic would have drawn level with Margaret Court on a 24 Grand Slam singles titles and so the defeat will have really hurt with so much one the line for the Serb.

The crowd on Centre Court were evidently behind Alcaraz on Sunday, but Djokovic thrives in that kind of environment and this defeat could well mean the 36-year-old comes back even stronger.

There are no question marks surrounding his fitness as he matched and bettered Alcaraz's athleticism at times in the final, and the Serbian ace is 6/5 to bounce back by winning the 2023 US Open, while he is 5/4 to win the Australian Open at the start of next year.

Another near miss for Jabeur as Vondrousova defies the odds

The Wimbledon women's final was less eventful than the men's as unseeded Czech Vondrousova took down Jabeur 6-4 6-4 in Saturday's final.

Vondrousova sensationally became the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon women's singles title in the Open era, having been ranked 42nd in the world after missing most of last season with a wrist injury.

The 24-year-old showed no signs of rustiness at SW19 this year, though, defeating the likes of Jessica Pegula, Donna Vekic and Elina Svitolina on her way to the final and dropping only two sets in the tournament.

French Open runner-up in 2019, Vondrousova will be hoping her Wimbledon triumph is the first of many and she is 16/1 to follow up by winning the US Open.

As for Jabeur, it was a painfully familiar feeling for the Tunisian on Saturday.

For the second successive year, Jabeur lost in the Wimbledon women's singles final and the search goes on for her first Grand Slam title, having settled for second best at the US Open last year as well.

Jabeur fought for her place in the final, beating three top-10 players en route, but one got the impression she almost wanted it too much.

She is a 14/1 shot to win the US Open.

Frustrating Slam for British hopes

Away from the title winners, it was a pretty underwhelming tournament for the British players.

After Katie Boulter's third-round defeat to Rybakina, no Brits were left in the men's or women's singles draws at SW19, raising questions about the future of tennis in this country.

Cameron Norrie suffered a premature exit in the second round, going out on the same day as two-time Wimbledon champ Andy Murray and Liam Broady.

Norrie is available at 33/1 to win the US Open, Murray is on offer at 50/1 to roll back the years in New York.

Broady, at least, enjoyed a fine win at SW19 when the British number five beat fourth seed Casper Ruud in the second round in a stunning five-set encounter on Centre Court.

The 29-year-old was then knocked out by 26th seed Denis Shapovalov in four sets in the next round.

Emma Raducanu and Jack Draper were, of course, absent from Wimbledon with injury this year, while Boulter should be able to reflect positively on her grass-court season, having earlier won the Nottingham Open in June.

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