From Carlos Alcaraz ending Novak Djokovic’s grass domination to Andy Murray’s historic first win… MIKE DICKSON gives his five seismic Wimbledon finals

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From Carlos Alcaraz ending Novak Djokovic’s grass domination to Andy Murray’s historic first win… MIKE DICKSON gives his five seismic Wimbledon finals

Carlos Alcaraz etched his name into history when he beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to win his first ever Wimbledon title on Sunday.

The World No 1 came from 1-0 down in what was a dominant opening set from the defending champion to take the title in a final that lived up to its billing on Centre Court.

It was a final for the ages. One that will always be remembered. And one that could well signal a passing of the torch.

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The day will be remembered as one of the great Wimbledon finals alongside the likes of 2008, won by Rafael Nadal, and 2013, won by Andy Murray.

Mail Sport’s Mike Dickson has picked out five of the most seismic Wimbledon finals. 

Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) beat Novak Djokovic in one of the classic Wimbledon finals on Sunday

Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) beat Novak Djokovic in one of the classic Wimbledon finals on Sunday

Boris Becker became the youngest men's champion in the modern era at 17 when he won the title in 1985

Boris Becker became the youngest men’s champion in the modern era at 17 when he won the title in 1985

Steffi Graf, meanwhile, won her firth title in 1988 before going onto become one of the most dominant players in history

Steffi Graf, meanwhile, won her firth title in 1988 before going onto become one of the most dominant players in history

1985: Boris Becker beats Kevin Curren

The 17-year-old German became the youngest man in modern times to win Wimbledon, blasting through the tough South African.

As with Alcaraz he had become the winner at Queen’s Club the week before. His success heralded the era of greater power among the champions and signalled the demise of the era identified with John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors.

1988: Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova

This was a first Wimbledon title for the German known as Fraulein Forehand who came to be one of the most dominant players in history. It was also one leg of what became known as the Golden Slam as she won all four majors that year plus the Olympics. 

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This all came to symbolise the shift in power in a women’s game whose dominant rivalry had been between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. 

2008: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer

Still regarded as arguably the greatest match of Wimbledon history — certainly up there —the Spaniard prevailed as the last bit of light was fading. 

Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal (right) faced off in what was arguably the greatest match in Wimbledon history

Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal (right) faced off in what was arguably the greatest match in Wimbledon history

Nadal came out on top in 2008 on Centre Court with light fading as he finally toppled Federer

Nadal came out on top in 2008 on Centre Court with light fading as he finally toppled Federer

Until then the expectation had been that Nadal would be at his most dangerous on the clay, but after losses in the previous two years at SW19 he finally toppled Federer.

The Spaniard proving a man for all surfaces made this rivalry one of the most celebrated in any sport.

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2013: Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic

Not an era-changer as it turned out, nor a five-set classic, but still one of the most famous matches in Wimbledon history. 

Andy Murray's first Wimbledon win in 2013 will go down as one of the more popular victories

Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon win in 2013 will go down as one of the more popular victories

Having won the US Open nine months previously to break his Grand Slam duck, the 26-year-old Scot was under enormous pressure to deliver a first men’s title since 1936 for a homegrown player and he duly succeeded Fred Perry. 

2023: Carlos Alcaraz beats Novak Djokovic

 Faced with the great Serb’s extraordinary record on grass, the young Spaniard slayed an opponent 16 years older. Some, perhaps not all, of the tennis was of mesmeric quality and we wait to see if this is a defining moment — it feels like it could be.

History may judge that this was when the great Federer-Nadal-Djokovic dominance met its end, and the age of Alcaraz began in full swing.



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