Based on this year's Wimbledon results, you might have thought a wormhole opened up and we traveled back to the mid-2000's. Serena Williams and Roger Federer made Wimbledon theirs once again as both took home the singles titles in displays that only reminded us of their shared greatness.
On Saturday, Williams faced Agnieszka Radwanska and looked like she was going to cruise early on. After taking the first set 6-1, I doubted that Radwanska had much of a chance to come back. But Radwanska battled to take the second set 7-5 and had even more opportunities in the final set. But Williams' intensity and power never wavered. She responded with serves that reached upwards of 115 mph and simply overpowered Radwanska. Her 17 aces on the day were too much to overcome, and Williams took the final set and the championship with a 6-2 win.
This makes five Wimbledon singles titles for Serena (her sister Venus also has 5) and 14 singles titles overall. If she plays like she did over the tournament, there are certainly more grand slam titles in her future, even at 30.
The men's final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray had all the story lines and narratives that you could want. Federer was looking to get back to number one in the world with a victory. In doing so, he would become the second-oldest male player ever to gain the number one rank. Andy Murray was looking for his first grand slam title and had even more on the line. A British man had not won Wimbledon since 1938, and he was playing with the weight of a nation on his shoulders.
Things started off in Murray's favor when he took the first set 6-4 over Federer. Then Federer really turned it on. While Murray had numerous chances to gain an edge, Federer slammed the door with an impeccable forehand, a perfect drop shot, an ace. While there was a slight change in momentum after the roof closed (Federer's serve speed increased and Murray had some trouble on the court keeping his footing), the biggest game of the match came in the third set. Murray was serving down 2-3, and ten deuces were reached. Federer looked cool and confidant while Murray showed the body language of a player that was already broken. Federer ended up getting his break, and went on to finish Murray by taking three straight sets. The commentators, Chris Fowler, John McEnroe, and Pat McEnroe, all noted that this game took a big toll on Murray. More than just his serve was broken.
Murray valiantly battled on, but I'm not sure many players were going to beat vintage Federer yesterday, especially when Murray failed to capitalize on high-pressure shots. Murray's first serves were terrible throughout the final two sets, and Federer took control of those chances and dictated the rhythm of the match. Federer served out the match to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 and earn his first grand slam title in nearly-two-and-a-half years.
Both players were extremely gracious during the postgame ceremonies. Murray fought to keep his composure as he addressed his native crowd, and he delivered a humbling speech. Federer was quick and honest with his answers after winning his record 17th grand slam title and his seventh Wimbledon. There wasn't much to say after a performance like that, and his play spoke volumes itself.