Djokovic back in Wimbledon final after beating Gasquet in straight sets
Djokovic back in Wimbledon final after beating Gasquet in straight sets
Wimbledon 2015: Serena Williams crushes Sharapova

Based on Reports Published between Fri Jul 10 18:40:43 2015 and Tue Jul 14 15:49:32 2015

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Information from Fri Jul 10 18:40:43 2015 :

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic is back in the Wimbledon final for the fourth time in five years after subduing Richard Gasquet in straight sets. Djokovic overcame an early barrage of single-handed backhand winners from Gasquet, produced big serves at crucial times and pulled away to win 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 on Friday in sunny conditions on Centre Court at the All England Club.

Djokovic was twice treated by a trainer on his left shoulder near the end of the second set, but showed no sign of injury as he dominated the third set to reach his 17th Grand Slam final. The top-ranked Serb is now one win away from a third Wimbledon championship and ninth major title. Awaiting him in Sunday's final will be either Roger Federer or Andy Murray. Djokovic, playing in his sixth consecutive Wimbledon semifinal and seventh overall, extended his dominance over the 29-year-old Gasquet to 12-1.

He has dropped just one set to the Frenchman in their last 10 meetings - none in their three Grand Slam matches. Gasquet, who also reached the semifinals in 2007, had been trying to become the first Frenchman to reach the Wimbledon final in the Open era. Cedric Pioline finished runner-up in 1997.

Instead, he wound up losing his 15th straight match to a No. In the day's second semifinal, seven-time champion Federer was up against 2013 winner Murray, in the 24th career match between the two. Federer has never lost a Wimbledon semifinal and is bidding to reach his 10th final. It's their first matchup at the All England Club since 2012 - when Federer defeated Murray in the Wimbledon final.

Saturday's women's final will pit five-time champion Serena Williams against 21-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, playing in her first Grand Slam championship match.

Williams will be bidding for her fourth straight major championship, which would complete a "Serena Slam" - a feat she last accomplished in 2002-03.

A win would also take Williams three-fourths of the way to a calendar-year Grand Slam, a sweep of all four majors in the same year.

Steffi Graf was the last to do that, in 1988.

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Information from Fri Jul 10 18:40:44 2015 :
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot to Richard Gasquet of France during the men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 10, 2015. Andy Rain/Pool via AP) (The Associated Press) Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning the singles match against Richard Gasquet of France after their men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 10, 2015. It will be a repeat of last year's final, which Djokovic won in five sets. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (The Associated Press) Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point against Richard Gasquet of France during the men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 10, 2015. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (The Associated Press) Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot to Richard Gasquet of France, during the men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 10, 2015.

Adrian Dennis, Pool Photo via AP) (The Associated Press) LONDON none in their three Grand Slam matches.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 01:40:51 2015 :
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If anyone thought the 33-year-old Federer was past his prime, this match dispelled any of those thoughts.

The second-seeded Swiss served as well as he ever has, saving one break point in the opening game of the match and never facing another the rest of the way. Federer won 70 of 81 points on serve and, after the first game, was taken to deuce only once on serve.

He piled up 56 winners and had only 11 unforced errors, compared to 35 and 17 for Murray.

Federer, who ran his record in Wimbledon semifinals to 10-0, is the oldest man to reach the final since Ken Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974 at the age of 39. Riding a dominant serve that produced 20 aces, keeping relentless pressure on Murray with his returns and breaking at the end of each set, Federer put on a supreme grass-court performance to outclass his British rival 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

The win sent Federer into his 26th Grand Slam final, where he will face defending champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday's championship match. If he can beat Djokovic, Federer will become first man to win eight Wimbledon titles. In 2012, he tied Pete Sampras and 1880s player William Renshaw with seven.

Federer extended his career record against Murray to 13-11, including 5-1 in Grand Slams.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 17:41:32 2015 :
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Serena Williams overcame a slow start, eight double-faults and a nervy finish to beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for her sixth Wimbledon title, fourth Grand Slam championship in a row and 21st major overall.

The win means Williams holds all four Grand Slam titles at once — completing the second "Serena Slam" of her career. completing the second "Serena Slam" of her career. What's more, she secured the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam and, if she wins the U. S. Open, will become the first player to sweep all four majors in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988. Williams, winning her 28th straight Grand Slam match, is now just one major title behind Graf on the Open era list and two behind all-time leader Margaret Court Smith. At 33, Williams is also the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era.

She has now won eight major championships in her 30s.

But Williams began playing more aggressively and ran off five straight games to take the set and go up 1-0 in the second.

Williams pulled out to a 5-1 lead and looked ready to finish Muguruza off quickly. Williams was broken at love for 5-2, and Muguruza saved a match point and converted on her fifth break point to draw within 5-4. But Williams then broke at love in the next game to close out the match, which finished in anticlimactic fashion when Muguruza hit a forehand wide.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain makes a return to Serena Williams of the United States during the women's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday July 11, 2015. World number one Serena Williams beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 this afternoon to win a sixth Wimbledon singles tennis title and 21st grand slam crown.

Williams now holds all four majors at the same time -- the so-called 'Serena Slam' -- having also won the U. S., Australian and French Open titles.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 17:41:33 2015 :
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This is where he plays his best tennis, I think: the Centre Court of Wimbledon; seven titles.

It is so cool," Williams said courtside.

"It has been a pleasure and an honor to have so many years in this unbelievable place."

Williams was the last player to win four majors in a row, when she achieved her first "Serena Slam" by taking the 2002 French Open, Wimbledon and U. S. Open and the 2003 Australian Open.

But Williams eventually cranked into gear and started to find her range, forcing Muguruza to save two break points in the sixth game before the American got her reward on the Spaniard's serve to level at 4-4.

Williams increased the pressure and, when Muguruza served a double fault to bring up set point, the top seed smashed a forehand winner before pumping her fist in celebration.

Muguruza was visibly deflated.

She managed to hold her first service game, but was then subjected to a brutal barrage of winners from Williams, who broke twice for a 5-1 lead.

The Spaniard simply would not lie down, however, and broke back twice, going toe-to-toe with Williams from the back of the court and swinging her racket to brutal effect.

Just when it looked like she could force the match into a decisive third set, though, her serve collapsed and Williams forced three match points before the contest suffered an anti-climactic finish.

A Muguruza shot landed long and Williams stood still, unsure of the call and whether to celebrate or wait for a challenge.

It eventually dawned on her that she had clinched the title and she raised her arms to the sky before embracing the vanquished Muguruza.

Serena Williams of the U. S. A shows off the trophy after winning her Women's Final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Garbine Muguruza of Spain shows off her runner up trophy after losing her Women's Final match against Serena Williams of the U. S. A at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Serena Williams of the U. S. A lifts the trophy after winning her Women's Final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Serena Williams of the U. S. A celebrates after winning her Women's Final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Serena Williams of the U. S. A embraces Garbine Muguruza of Spain after winning their Women's Final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Serena Williams of the U. S. A reacts during her Women's Final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Garbine Muguruza of Spain hits a shot during her Women's Final match against Serena Williams of the U. S. A at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Serena Williams of the U. S. A reacts after winning the first set of her Women's Final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015.

LONDON Serena Williams claimed a sixth Wimbledon title and fourth successive grand slam crown by suppressing the spirited attacking instincts of 20th-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to win Saturday's final 6-4 6-4.

American Williams reinforced her stranglehold on the women's game by overcoming an early wobble and resisting a battling fightback to claim a 21st grand slam title that leaves her one behind German Steffi Graf's record haul of professional era majors. The world number one was simply too powerful and too consistent for surprise 21-year-old finalist Muguruza, who began with a valiant positive approach but could not maintain her early high level.

After losing a close first set and battling bravely to come back from 5-1 down in the second, the Spaniard was eventually downed after one hour and 23 minutes of combat, to leave Williams to receive the acclaim of the Centre Court crowd.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain hits a shot against Serena Williams of the U. S. A during their Women's Final Match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Serena Williams of the U. S. A hits a shot during her Women's Final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Garbine Muguruza of Spain serves during her Women's Final match against Serena Williams of the U. S. A at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 18:41:33 2015 :
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Williams, winning her 28th straight Grand Slam match, is now just one major title behind Graf on the Open era list and two behind all-time leader Margaret Court.

But she seemed to get tight, and was broken twice while serving for the match.

Neither player seemed to realize the match was over, and there was an awkward delay before Williams covered her face with both hands, then smiled and raised her arms in the air. After the two players hugged at the net, Williams hopped up and down on the side of the court with her arms above her head.

She later accepted the winner's trophy — the Venus Rosewater Dish — from the Duke of Kent.

Williams hasn't lost in a Grand Slam since falling in the third round to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon last year. Williams extended her winning streak in Grand Slam finals to 10 and improved her overall record in major finals to 21-4, including 6-2 at Wimbledon. Apart from Graf, only two women have completed a calendar-year Grand Slam — Maureen Connolly in 1953 and Court in 1970.

Martina Navratilova also won four straight majors in 1983-84. Williams' sixth Wimbledon singles title puts her third on the Open era list behind Navratilova with nine and Graf with seven.

Sunday's men's final pits defending champion Novak Djokovic against seven-time winner Roger Federer. It's a repeat of last year's championship match, won by Djokovic in five sets.

Federer is aiming for a record eighth Wimbledon trophy and an 18th Grand Slam title, while Djokovic is chasing a third title at the All England Club and ninth major.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 21:41:37 2015 :
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Muguruza loosened her shoulders and started swinging as she had in the early stages of the match when she had broken serve in the opening game and led 3-1. Williams began to miss and the 20th seeded Muguruza, backed by a capacity Centre Court crowd wanting more for their money, held for 3-5.

Serena Williams of the U. S. A celebrates with the trophy after winning her Women's Final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. Garbine Muguruza of Spain reacts with her runner up trophy after losing her Women's Final match against Serena Williams of the U. S. A at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 11, 2015. LONDON Standing a set and 5-1 up in the Wimbledon final against a Spaniard playing only her second match in tennis's most famous arena, a fourth consecutive grand slam singles title looked a formality for Serena Williams on Saturday. But an angst-ridden finale in which Muguruza tenaciously fought back showed that, despite Williams's vast experience and vice-like grip on women's tennis, crossing the finishing line for a 21st grand slam title made her heart pound just as fast as when she made her first breakthrough at the 1999 U. S. Open. Which, for her rivals hoping that at nearly 34 the American will become blase about collecting trophies, is bad news. "I just learned that all the people are nervous, even Serena, in a final, because I saw it," Muguruza, the first Spaniard to contest a Wimbledon women's singles showpiece match since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1996, told reporters.

In winning her sixth Wimbledon title and first since 2012, Williams became the oldest woman to raise the Venus Rosewater Dish in the modern era and, unless she suffers a dip in form, it seems unlikely anyone can stop her march into the history books at the U. S. Open where she is unbeaten since 2011. "I honestly wouldn't have thought last year after winning the U. S. Open I would win the Serena Slam at all," said the world number one. "I just knew I wanted to win Wimbledon this year.

No one has won two Wimbledon championships in a row since Federer collected his fifth consecutive trophy in 2007.

Muguruza, the clean-hitting 21-year-old born in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, played magnificently in the first set, leading until Williams raised the intensity levels after a slow start to take the opener.

The enormity of the occasion and the sheer presence of Williams then seemed to hit home and the Spaniard crumbled, losing 14 out of 15 points to trail 5-1 as her vastly-experienced American opponent closed in for the kill.

Then, Williams got an attack of the jitters.

Her anxiety was apparent when she began the game with an eighth double-fault, gesticulating to her players' box where her family and friends, including rapper Drake, watched on.

Muguruza won the next two points with backhand winners, the second one almost leaving Williams in an ungainly heap on the baseline. Williams replied with an angry ace and screamed "Where have you been?" Two more booming aces earned her a match point but a tense rally ended with Muguruza punishing a mid-court ball. Some incredible retrieving from Muguruza at deuce coaxed a rash error from the Williams racket and a point later the set was back on serve when the Spaniard planted a forehand past the wrong-footed top seed.

"She came out there to win.

"She never gave up literally ever."

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Information from Sun Jul 12 07:42:47 2015 :
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The rest came in a tense tiebreak in which Federer hung on bravely before Djokovic wafted a forehand into the net to give the Swiss set point at 11-10 on his own serve and he wrapped it up with a volley. He usually rises up to the occasion. He's always playing his toughest when it matters the most," Djokovic said. When Roger Federer faces Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final for the second consecutive year on Sunday, they'll be resuming a rivalry that has been about as even as possible.

This is their 40th head-to-head meeting; Federer leads 20-19. He always shows up. You know, he's been very injury-free.

He's been good for the game," Federer said about Djokovic, who beat him in five sets in the 2014 final at the All England Club.

"For me, I don't really think about the match we played against each other last year. That it's Novak, the world No. 1, it obviously adds something extra."

In the Open era of professional tennis, which dates to 1968, only one tour-level matchup has occurred more often: Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have played 42 times. 1-seeded Djokovic - who said a stiff left shoulder won't be a problem Sunday - would raise his major title count to nine, one more than Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry or Ken Rosewall. Federer, meanwhile, can become the first man in the history of a tournament that dates to 1877 to win the trophy eight times.

He also can end a three-year Grand Slam title drought and collect No.

18, extending his record.

"If it's the eighth here, or the 18th Grand Slam in all, of course that's great," Federersaid.

"But I see this as just about having this feeling of victory, especially on grass.

He'll turn 34 on Aug. 8, making him the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Rosewall was the 1974 runner-up at age 39. A victory Sunday would make Federer the oldest champion at any major since Andres Gimeno won the 1972 French Open at 34. "He makes you push your limits, he makes you work hard and earn every single point," said Djokovic, who equaled his coach Boris Becker's three Wimbledon titles.

In Friday's semifinals, Murray got a taste of just how well the seemingly agelessFederer still can play - and, in particular, serve. Federer hit 20 aces, won 70 of the 91 points he served, and saved the only break point he faced in a straight-set victory over Murray, one of the game's top returners. Keep this in mind: A year ago, Federer held in 88 of 89 service games heading into the final, where he delivered 29 aces and still got broken four times by Djokovic.

Now they'll meet again on the grass-court tournament's last Sunday, with a couple of old rivals and past Wimbledon champions on hand as coaches: Stefan Edberg works with Federer, Boris Becker works with Djokovic. "This is where (Federer) loves to play.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 16:43:17 2015 :
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Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a shot during his Men's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 12, 2015. Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a shot during his Men's Singles Final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 12, 2015.

LONDON Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to a third Wimbledon title as he claimed the first set in Sunday's final against Roger Federer on a tiebreak.

Federer landed the first punch in the first set, breaking the Djokovic serve to love for a 4-2 lead when the world number one netted a straightforward mid-court backhand.

But the second-seeded Swiss's serve, which had been functioning with laser precision throughout the tournament, then faltered allowing Djokovic to break back immediately.

Both players stayed strong to force the tiebreak in which Serb Djokovic raced into a 6-1 lead and closed it out when Federer served his first double fault of the match.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 17:43:40 2015 :
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia after slipping during his Men's Singles Final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 12, 2015. The more Federer tried to get on to the front foot the more Djokovic returned the ball with interest, preventing the Swiss playing the attacking game that had caused Britain's Andy Murray headaches in their semi-final. "Novak played not only great today," said Federer, who turns 34 on Aug. 8 and was the oldest Wimbledon finalist since 1974, "but the whole two weeks, plus the whole year, plus last year, plus the year before that."

LONDON Roger Federer fueled his hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title by saving seven set points to level Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic at one set each.

Both the opening sets were decided by tiebreaks with Djokovic, chasing a third Wimbledon trophy, running away with the first and Federer coming through a marathon second to leave the match tantalizingly poised.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 19:43:40 2015 :
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Novak Djokovic got the better of Roger Federer at Wimbledon again.

The defending champion outplayed Federer in four sets Sunday to win his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam championship. In a repeat of last year's final, won by Djokovic in five sets, the top-ranked Serb overcame the loss of seven set points in the second set and pulled away to beat the seven-time champion 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic broke Federer four times and saved six of the seven break points he faced.

In winning the 40th career matchup between two of the greats of the game, Djokovic prevented Federer from winning a record eighth Wimbledon title. Djokovic closed out the match by breaking Federer for the second time in the fourth set, hitting an inside-out forehand winner into the open court on the final point.

He pumped his arms and screamed, then bent down, plucked some grass from Centre Court and put it his mouth — just as he did when he won his first title in 2011 and again last year.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point during the men's singles final against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday July 12, 2015.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 21:43:42 2015 :
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At Wimbledon in 2014, Federer held serve in 88 of 89 games through the semifinals, then got broken four times by Djokovic during the five-set final. And for the second year in a row, Djokovic claimed the championship at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, preventing Federer from earning a record eighth. The match was as even as possible through two sets, before the No. 1-seeded Djokovic grabbed a hold of it and wouldn't let go, generating four service breaks that carried him past Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday for his third title at Wimbledon and ninth Grand Slam trophy overall.

They have met 40 times, each winning 20 matches.

As always, it presented a fascinating duel: Federer's serve and attacking style vs. "He's not going to hand you the match."

For me, a finalist trophy is not the same," Federer said.

Pressured by Djokovic's ability to extend points, Federer committed 35 unforced errors; Djokovic made only 16. The 28-year-old Serb won the Australian Open in January, then was the runner-up at the French Open last month. Go further back, and Djokovic reached 15 of the past 20 Grand Slam finals, winning eight. So breathlessly quiet between points that ball bounces at the baseline could be heard before serves, fans voiced an "awwwww" of lament after a fault by Federer or a mid-point "ooooh" of excitement when he would hit an exquisite shot.

The opening tiebreaker was all Djokovic, ending flatly when Federer double-faulted. That was part of a run in which Djokovic reeled off 14 of 15 points, particularly noteworthy against this foe, on this surface, at this tournament.

Federer owns seven Wimbledon titles, including five straight from 2003-07. That was the last time a man lifted the trophy in consecutive years at the All England Club until Djokovic crouched down Sunday to pluck a few blades of grass and shove them in his mouth. "It tasted very, very good this year," Djokovic joked.

"I don't know what the groundspeople have done, but they've done a great job."

He had a chance to run away with it in the second set, seven times standing a point from a two-set lead.

So 110 minutes in, they were all tied up.

"A pity I couldn't make more of the momentum, I guess," Federer said.

Indeed, 15 minutes later, Djokovic regained the upper hand, breaking to lead 2-1 in the third.

When Djokovic redirected a 123 mph serve by smacking a down-the-line backhand return winner, he reached championship point and bellowed. A forehand winner followed, and it was over. "It feels good when you make a return winner off Roger's serve on the grass,"Djokovic said.

"It doesn't happen often."

But Djokovic is alone at the top for the moment.

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