Wimbledon 2019: All Hail Queen Simona the 1st and King Novak the 5th

 

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It has been quite a Wimbledon.  It was hard on the nerves of this viewer at least.  I won’t do 50 Parting Shots like Jon Wertheim because 50 is a lot and I don’t need SI’s lawyers giving me a hard time.

  1. Coco Gauff was the story of the first week.  Her talent is obvious and she demonstrated a great deal of mental toughness in reaching the second week.
  2. Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal showed that grudge matches live in tennis.
  3. Simona Halep beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1 in a first week statement win that foreshadowed the second weekend.
  4. Naomi Osaka saved her post-1st Slam swoon until after she won a second slam while Garbine Muguruza continues to mystify.
  5. Alison Riske and Ash Barty played a wonderful match on Manic Monday
  6. Kei Nishikori and David Goffin played well at Wimbledon but also have to feel like the road to Grand Slam glory is not particularly friendly.
  7. Sam Querrey has quietly carved out a nice legacy particularly at Wimbledon.
  8. Serena Williams and Alison Riske had a great match in which no quarter was given or asked for by either player.
  9. Roberto Bautista Agut proved his two wins over Djokovic earlier in 2019 were not flukes.  He also proved that competing and being fit can take a player to good places.
  10. I am renaming the Big 3 the “Sultans of Swing.”
  11. Federer and Nadal avoided the Crystal Skull trap and gave fans a tense and fun addition to their previous Wimbledon Trilogy.
  12. By calling Simona Halep, Simona the 1st, I cannot help but think of Disney’s Sophia the 1st.  Sorry about that
  13. Simona Halep has know won 2 of the previous 6 majors and reached the final of 3 of the previous 7 majors.  This should be a fun north American hard court swing.
  14. Novak Djokovic lost a break lead in the 5th and saw an opening to break again evaporate before getting broken and saving two match points.  Unreal.
  15. Roger Federer is a 4-time Wimbledon runner-up and lost the 2012 gold medal match at Wimbledon as well.  Yet, I suspect he loves Wimbledon more than another place on the tour and will be remembered as one of its biggest winners.  Eight titles helps to counter-balance some of those losses.
  16. Novak Djokovic has 5 Wimbledon titles and one runner-up finish just like Bjorn Borg.  Also, with 4000 points from the Australian Open and Wimbledon plus 1000 points from Madrid, Djokovic appears likely to equal Pete Sampras‘ 6 years finished as the #1 player in the world.  Unlike Sampras and Borg, Djokovic has done these things in a non-consecutive manner.
  17. Novak Djokovic is 19-1 in 2019 majors.  Rafael Nadal is 18-2 in 2019 majors.  Roger Federer is 14-3 in 2019 majors.  Did I mention that it is 2019?
  18. Simona Halep dominated the women’s final winning in under one hour.  Raise your hand if you honestly saw that coming.
  19. Serena Williams is not out of the hunt for 24 major singles titles.  She has reached 3 major finals since Wimbledon 2018 commenced.  Her losses have come against 3 excellent movers.  My guess is that Serena Williams will be doing footwork and speed drills between now and Melbourne 2020 with the 2019 US Open being seen as gravy if a title comes there.
  20. The 2019 men’s doubles final and singles final both being the longest in history is bananas.
  21. Novak Djokovic denied Roger Federer #21, but Federer has to know he can still win majors despite turning 38 next month.
  22. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep deserve a good banquet.  Will they attempt to top this? 
  23. Fans can hope Wimbledon 2020 is as good as Wimbledon 2019 was.
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