Carlos Alcaraz, 20-Spain-World No. 1, is the new king of Wimbledon. Alcaraz came from behind to defeat defending quadruple champion Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia, No. 2) 3-1 (1-6, 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, #-#) in the men’s singles final of the 2023 Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Club near London, England, on Sunday to win his second career major title after winning the U.S. Open last year. Here’s a look at their Wimbledon final matchups by the numbers.
1: This is the first time Djokovic has dropped the final five sets in a Wimbledon men’s singles final. Djokovic also took the final to five sets in 2014 and 2019, but he won both. In both years, Roger Federer (42-Swiss-Retired) was his final opponent. This was the 17th time since 1968, when professional players were allowed to compete in the four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open) (the Open Era) that the Wimbledon men’s singles final went to five sets.
2: Alcaraz is only the second Spaniard to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title in the Open Era, joining Rafael Nadal (37). Nadal won the title in 2008 and 2010. However, if you expand the scope to the amateur era, 1966 champion Manuel Santana (1938-2021) was also a Spaniard. In the women’s singles, Contitza Martinez (51) in 1994 and Garbine Muguruza (30) in 2017 are the only Spaniards to have won Wimbledon.
4: Alcaraz became the fourth-youngest Wimbledon men’s singles champion of the Open Era when he reached the top at 20 years, 2 months, and 11 days old. Boris Becker (56-Germany) was the youngest at 17 years, 7 months, and 15 days in 1985 and then won back-to-back titles in 1986. Bjorn Borg (67-Sweden) was also younger than Alcaraz, at 20 years and 27 days when he won the 1976 title.
12: This is the 12th time the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 players have met in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon. In the previous 11 meetings, the No. 1 player had favored the No. 2 player with a 6-5 record. With Alcaraz’s victory, the world number one is now 7-5. Across the four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open), the men’s No. 1 and No. 2 players have met a total of 40 times, with the No. 2 player winning 21 of them (52.5%).
16: Alcaraz was born on May 5, 2003, and Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987, making them 16 years apart, or more precisely, 15 years, 11 months, and 13 days. Only Jimmy Connors (71) and Ken Rosewall (89), who faced off at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1974, had a greater age gap between their final partners at a major. They were 17 years and 10 months apart.
37: This is the first time since the 2021 U.S. Open final that Djokovic has lost a major to a player younger than him, when he dropped the trophy to Danil Medvedev (27-Russia-3rd). Since the 2021 US Open final, Djokovic has played 37 matches in majors against players younger than him. In majors, 7 wins = a title. He hasn’t lost a major in the time it takes to win five or more.
45: Djokovic had won 45 consecutive matches on All England Club center court before this match. He holds the record for the longest winning streak on the 101-year-old court. It had been 10 years and eight days since Djokovic had lost on Centre Court since July 8, 2013. That was the final of that year’s tournament, and Djokovic lost 0-3 (4-6, 5-7, 4-6) to Andy Murray (36th-ranked Great Britain).
90: The loss lowered Djokovic’s career Wimbledon winning percentage to 89.3% (92-11). With a win, Djokovic would have upped his career winning percentage to 90.3%, which would have allowed him to take over the all-time Wimbledon winning percentage record from Pete Sampras (52-USA) (90%-63-7), 토토사이트 but the loss puts his chances of becoming the all-time Wimbledon winner on hold.