By Mike McIntyre
Two weeks of stirring grass court Grand Slam tennis at Wimbledon has just come to a close and both Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic are back to being Grand Slam champions for the first time since 2016.
Kerber defeated the greatest player of all-time in the finals in Serena Williams, but it was perhaps the throng of young talent she beat along the way that was most impressive. After beating 2010 Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva in the opening round she took care of youngsters Claire Liu, Naomi Osaka, Belinda Bencic, Daria Kasatkina and Jelena Ostapenko to show them that 30 is indeed the new 20.
Novak Djokovic meanwhile finally overcame both mental and physical obstacles to deliver his best two weeks of tennis since prior to his elbow surgery last summer. Too good to simply stay away from Grand Slam success, the Serb won his 13th major title and 4th at the All England Club. His semifinal win over Rafael Nadal was one of the best matches in recent memory and elevated his edge in their rivalry to 27-25 in his favour. He beat an understandably tiring Kevin Anderson in the finals 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) and has now re-established himself as a key threat as we begin the summer hardcourt swing.
Check out our Southpaw Slice recap of the Wimbledon fortnight for an in-depth analysis of the fantastic tennis we have just experienced.