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Novak Djokovic stated his Wimbledon ultimate loss to Carlos Alcaraz was a “robust one to swallow” however he’ll “transfer on”.
The sensation of lifting a runner-up trophy he had watched his opponents maintain previously 4 Wimbledons hit him arduous because the tears then flowed.
The mangled racquet subsequent to his chair was a reminder of the frustration he had taken out on the web put up after the important thing break of serve within the fifth set.
“It hurts,” he stated after an opportunity at record-equalling eighth title ended.
Djokovic, 36, had been in search of to attract stage with Roger Federer for males’s singles wins right here and with Margaret Courtroom on 24 Grand Slam titles however got here up quick towards 20-year-old world primary Alcaraz.
The Spaniard gained 1-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 3-6 6-4 to seal a second main title, beating Djokovic in good vogue on a Centre Courtroom the place the Serb has dominated for thus lengthy.
Not since 2013 had Djokovic misplaced on the All England Membership’s most important courtroom – when Andy Murray beat him for the title – and the Briton was within the crowd to see the Serb’s run ended.
“It is a robust one to swallow when you’re so shut,” he stated. “I misplaced to the higher participant and I’ve to congratulate him and transfer on.”
As he did on the 2021 US Open after a bid to win all 4 Grand Slams in a yr was ended by Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic turned tearful right here.
Addressing his younger son in his field, Djokovic lined his eyes as his voice broke whereas saying: “It is good to see my son nonetheless there, nonetheless smiling. I like you, thanks for supporting me and we are able to all have a giant hug, and love one another.”
Then addressing Alcaraz, who gained the US Open on arduous courts final yr and reached the French Open semi-finals this yr earlier than cramping hampered him towards Djokovic, he stated: “I believed I would solely have hassle with you on clay or arduous courtroom, not grass.”
4 years in the past Djokovic saved two match factors towards fellow nice Federer in an exhilarating match and it could properly have been this that he was pondering of when he stated: “I’ve gained some epic finals that I used to be very near shedding. Perhaps that is sort of a fair-and-square deal I suppose to lose a match like this for me right here.”
He nonetheless has loads of possibilities to chase data, with the US Open lower than two months away and providing his subsequent alternative of that twenty fourth main.