The 2014 Wimbledon tournament was solid, considering both the men's and women's draws, but play at the All England Club ended with a bang on Sunday.
The men's final was absolutely superb. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer fought hard for five sets before a champion was decided. It was easily the top match of the tournament and probably one of the top matches of the year.
On the women's side, the final was far from exciting. It took just 55 minutes for the winner to be decided, as it only took straight sets to conclude the women's portion of the London tournament.
Below, you'll find the final results from each championship match.
|July 5||Petra Kvitova def. Eugenie Bouchard||Kvitova||6-3, 6-0|
|July 6||Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer||Djokovic||6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4|
Women's: Petra Kvitova def. Eugenie Bouchard
It took Petra Kvitova just 55 minutes to dismantle Canada's Eugenie Bouchard. The match hardly had the feel of a Wimbledon final, as the result was one that we're used to seeing in the first few rounds of play.
She was essentially untouchable:
Petra Kvitova: 1st woman since Steffi Graf in 1992 to lose 3 or fewer games in Wimbledon final— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 5, 2014
Bouchard recognized after the match that Kvitova was simply the better player, via Wimbledon's official Twitter account:
The win for Kvitova marks her second career Wimbledon crown. She also won in 2011. In fact, the win puts her in elite company, via ESPN Stats & Info:
Petra Kvitova joins Steffi Graf, Venus Williams, Serena Williams as only women with multiple Wimbledon titles since 1990— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 5, 2014
Kvitova really did everything well. She covered the court exceptionally, extending volleys and keeping balls alive, unlike Bouchard's earlier opponents in the tournament. The 24-year-old Czech used her power to keep Bouchard on her toes, but her powerful strikes were also accurate.
This kept Bouchard running all around the grass surface, often not getting to balls in time or striking them weakly after getting to the spot. Grass surfaces tend to not favor those who hit the ball hard, but luckily for Kvitova, she was striking both accurately and powerfully.
As we look ahead to the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Kvitova has to be considered a favorite. This display proved that she's ready for the big stage. On the hard court in Flushing, Queens, Kvitova's power could prove even more devastating.
Men's: Novak Djokovic def. Roger Federer
Unlike the women's final, this one was an instant classic.
Djokovic was able to outlast Federer in five sets, but it certainly wasn't easy. Federer won the first set and appeared poised to make life difficult. He then dropped the next two sets to the Serb, but he wasn't finished yet.
The fourth set was remarkable. Djokovic got out to a lead in the set and was serving for the championship. Federer just wouldn't go away. The Swiss star ruined serve after serve before eventually winning set No. 4 and forcing a decisive fifth.
It was another close one, but Djokovic ultimately won the set. He spoke about what it meant to win at Wimbledon following the marathon:
This match has to rank in the top moments of Djokovic's career. Despite the loss, it should rank highly on Federer's list as well. He fought brilliantly in search of his eighth career Wimbledon title, but he fell just a few shots short of the win.
Both contenders should be considered favorites in the men's draw for the U.S. Open in August. After this match, let's hope we get to see them square off again next month.
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