Andy Murray drops to world number 839 in latest tennis rankings

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is now the British men’s number 23 after he dropped to 839 in the world rankings following his injury problems.

The former world number one fell 690 places in Monday’s rankings after he pulled out of Wimbledon.

The 31-year-old had hip surgery in January after being out of action since last year’s Wimbledon.

He has only played three matches since then, winning one at Eastbourne last month.

Murray is due to return to action at the Citi Open, which starts in Washington on 30 July.

He also hopes to play Masters level events in Toronto and Cincinnati before the US Open, which begins on 27 August.

Murray will be able to enter the Masters events under the exemption available to players coming back from long-term injury.

His current position in the rankings sees him alongside part-time US College and Challenger Tour players.

Kyle Edmund is the British number one at 16 in the world, followed by Cameron Norrie (77) and Liam Broady (177).

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Williams returns to world’s top 30 after run to Wimbledon final

Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber

Serena Williams has returned to the world’s top 30 after reaching the Wimbledon final.

The American, 36, has risen 153 places to 28th despite losing to Angelique Kerber in only her fourth tournament since giving birth 10 months ago.

However, Britain’s Johanna Konta has dropped to 50th in the WTA rankings.

The 27-year-old reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year and was ranked as high as fourth in the world immediately afterwards.

But she came into this year’s tournament ranked 24th after a poor run of form and her second-round loss to former world number four Dominika Cibulkova has seen her tumble further down the standings.

The defeat by Germany’s Kerber meant Williams, who returned to the WTA Tour in Indian Wells in March, missed out on a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

British men’s number one Kyle Edmund is up to a career-high 16th despite losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the third round at Wimbledon.

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Djokovic ‘can dominate Federer & Nadal again’

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In the end, it was a straightforward Wimbledon men’s singles final victory for Novak Djokovic, but it followed a lengthy battle back to the top.

The 31-year-old’s three-set victory over Kevin Anderson on Centre Court on Sunday earned him his fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam singles crown.

The Serb is now one behind American great Pete Sampras in terms of Slam titles, with contemporary rivals Rafael Nadal (17) and Roger Federer (20) out in front and still in the form to win more.

After two years of injuries and personal issues, is Djokovic once again ready to challenge the duo for the right to be called the greatest male player of all time?

Boris Becker, three-time Wimbledon champion and his former coach, ex-British number one Tim Henman and Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, give their takes on the Djokovic renaissance.

‘Novak wants to be respected – he’s very sensitive’

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German Becker coached Djokovic between 2014 and 2016, during which the Serb won six Grand Slams

Novak comes across as very cool, but beneath is a soft heart.

His family is his foundation, his cornerstone – he has been with his wife Jelena for more than 10 years, and they’ve been through thick and thin.

Is he shown the same respect as the big two? Probably not. We all love Roger and we all love Rafa, but it seems we “respect” Djokovic.

That’s something that bothers him. He wants to be on the same level, but it’s something you can’t buy. He’s playing in an era with two of the most beloved sportspeople in the world. That’s the situation but he has to deal with it. Fans aren’t against him though.

However, he takes it all personally, that’s his character – he’s sensitive.

I don’t think Djokovic expected to win another Wimbledon after two years of not being close. When he started this year he just wanted to be healthy and play, he wasn’t thinking of winning. During the clay season he was happy to just win a match. It was only at Queen’s, when he went to the final, he started to believe there was something left.

Regarding the future, Novak is super fit and very dedicated. He studies the history books and knows Nadal and Federer have more Grand Slams, though he won’t bring it up in conversation. He can play for two or three years more and win a few more majors – starting with the US Open.

‘Djokovic is back in the equation’

Graphic showing the top five male Grand Slam singles champions

Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalists Tim Henman

The crowd are well educated and know what’s going on in the tennis world – they know he’s had a difficult two years, emphasised by how his ranking dropped from world number one to 21.

There has been a gap between winning Grand Slam titles, but this is number 13 and there’s no doubt with his renewed passion and hunger he will add more. The level of play he’s shown of late suggests he’s back to his best.

And looking into the future, you think of Novak’s physique. He isn’t carrying excess weight and he doesn’t put undue pressure on his knee, hips and lower back joints. He can go on many years.

It’s amazing to think that Roger, with 20 Grand Slam titles, is still in danger of being overtaken.

This Wimbledon win definitely brings Novak back into the equation, although some would say he’s too far back.

‘Champions don’t think like other players’

Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams

It’s his mindset – that’s why he is back to where he is. It wasn’t the real Novak on the court during the past two years

It seems to have all come together for him during the past month, starting with reaching the French Open quarter-finals. You saw the fighting spirit was back.

Novak never lost his game, he just lost his feel for the competition. – maybe it was his motivation.

From a coach’s point of view, what makes a player the best of champions is not about the talent, it’s how competitive you are in the matches – how able you are in the big points, how able you are to turn a match around when you are in trouble and being able to develop your ability as a result of your work ethic.

These things come from the mind. The champions don’t think like the regular players. There is a huge difference between both.

When Rafa and Roger were winning everything, a new guy came along and became the top dog – that was Novak and that was because he is a champion. Others have tried, but they don’t have the same mentality.

Novak is in good physical shape and can play for a few more years. He dominated when Rafa and Roger played their best tennis, so he can dominate again.

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Djokovic beats Anderson to win fourth Wimbledon title

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Novak Djokovic earned his first Grand Slam victory in more than two years by beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon title.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, won 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to claim a 13th Slam – his first major since the 2016 French Open.

The Serb, 31, quickly took control to win the opening set in 29 minutes, breaking twice more in the second set.

Djokovic saw off five set points in an even third set, taking the tie-break to seal victory.

He moves into outright fourth place on the all-time list of Grand Slam men’s singles titles, moving clear of Roy Emerson and closing the gap on Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14).

The former world number one will move back into the top 10 when the latest rankings are released on Monday.

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Wimbledon 2018: GB’s Jack Draper beaten by Tseng Chun-hsin in boys’ final

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Britain’s Jack Draper lost to Taiwanese top seed Tseng Chun-hsin in a gripping boys’ singles final at Wimbledon.

Draper, hoping to become the first British boys’ champion since 1962, was beaten 6-1 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 by fellow 16-year-old Tseng.

Watched by a packed Court One, who were vocal in support for the young Briton, Draper gave himself hope by taking the second set but was let down by a huge 42 unforced errors.

Tseng sealed victory with an ace.

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I’m still contender at Slams – beaten finalist Williams

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Serena Williams says her run to the Wimbledon final showed she can still be a contender to win Grand Slams and that this is just the start of her comeback.

The 36-year-old American lost 6-3 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s final, as the German capitalised on her error-strewn performance.

Williams had been seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title 10 months after giving birth.

“These two weeks have really showed me that, OK, I can compete,” she said.

“I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road.

“Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.”

Former world number one Williams, who has won seven Wimbledon singles titles, said she had learned a lot from her past seven matches at the All England Club.

While her serve remains powerful – reaching 125mph, the fastest in the women’s singles – some rustiness showed in her finishing of sometimes routine shots and laboured movement around the court.

“I feel like I have a way to go. This is literally just the beginning,” she said.

“Really just these two weeks were so mental for me. I won matches. I was really mentally fighting for every match. I did the best that I could every match that I played.

“I just feel like I’m taking the steps in the right direction. I took a giant step at Wimbledon. But my journey has just begun.”

Kerber overcomes nerves to win title

Angelique Kerber

Kerber, 30, celebrated a childhood dream by winning her first Wimbledon and third Grand Slam title.

She did it by attacking Williams’ serve and extending the rallies to make the American move. She forced Williams to come forward, with half of her 24 forays to the net ending in errors.

“I was quite nervous before the match,” she said. “But I was trying to tell myself, ‘Go out there and play your best match’, because I know that against Serena I have to play my best tennis, especially in the important moments.

“I was trying to just b aggressive, when I have the chance going for it, because I know she served well and I have to move well, moving her as well.”

She said one of the keys was being able to draw on her experience in a women’s Wimbledon final that featured two players in their thirties for the first time in 41 years.

“I know the feeling of going out there in the semi-finals, playing the finals,” said Kerber, who lost to Williams in the 2016 final.

“I knew what to expect. I think that helps me also be a little bit relaxed. To going out there, to focusing on my match, not thinking that’s the final, that’s Wimbledon.”

She won the match on her first championship point when Williams could only plant a service return into the net.

“At the end I was starting to be quite nervous. I knew that I have to take my first chance because you never know with her,” said Kerber, who will rise to fourth in the world when the rankings are published on Monday after becoming the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996.

“When I was a kid I was always dreaming for this moment. To win Wimbledon, it’s something really special in my career.”

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Djokovic has ‘not much to lose’ in Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson

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Novak Djokovic says he has “not much to lose” when he goes for his first Grand Slam title in almost two years against Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon final.

Djokovic, 31, has won 12 majors but has struggled for form and fitness since claiming the 2016 French Open.

South African Anderson, 32, is bidding to win his first Slam after losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 US Open final.

“Considering he’s playing only his second Grand Slam final, obviously he has a lot more to gain,” said Djokovic.

“If I take my last couple years, I don’t have much to lose myself.”

The Serb dominated the men’s game earlier this decade, holding the number one ranking for 223 weeks and completing a career Grand Slam when he claimed the title at Roland Garros two years ago.

But he dropped out of the world’s top 20 earlier this year – for the first time since 2006 – as he returned to action after elbow surgery.

“It makes it even better for me, makes it even more special because I managed to overcome challenges and obstacles, to get myself to the final of a Slam,” he said.

“Obviously if you told me that six months ago, I would take it right away.”

The final begins at 14:00 BST on Sunday and will be live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

Marathon men looking for quick recovery

Both men go into the final on the back of gruelling semi-finals during which they spent a combined total of almost 12 hours on court.

Eighth seed Anderson needed six hours and 36 minutes to overcome American ninth seed John Isner in a marathon five-set match which is the second longest Grand Slam match of all-time.

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That meant Djokovic’s last-four match against long-time rival Rafael Nadal did not start until 20:00 BST on Friday, resuming on Saturday when the Serb completed a five-set win after five hours and 16 minutes on court.

Anderson has the benefit of a day off between the semi-finals and the final, a break Djokovic describes as “necessary”.

Temperatures are expected to reach about 30C at Wimbledon on Sunday.

“I wish I can have a day. But it is what it is. I’ll just have to accept the circumstances and try to recover as best as I can,” said Djokovic.

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Speaking after his semi-final, Anderson said it was “not going to be easy” to play again so soon after an exhausting match.

“Obviously I’d like to have been done a little bit earlier in terms of my recovery, playing against one of the greatest players of all time,” he said.

“But when you’re planning, you’re scheduling, you’re second on after 1pm, you don’t think you’re getting on at 8pm. It’s tough on them too.”

Favourite? We’re even, says Djokovic

Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson ready for Wimbledon final

Djokovic has won three Wimbledon titles – in 2011, 2014 and 2015 – but came into the Championships as the 12th seed on the back of a frustrating year blighted by an elbow injury.

After reaching the Queen’s final, he worked his way through the draw with increasing assurance and appeared to confirm he is back to his best with victory over Nadal in the last four.

However, he says he is unsure whether he can described as the favourite to beat Anderson.

“I think we’re quite even. He’s definitely playing the tennis of his life,” said Djokovic.

“He’s coming off from two epic marathon five-set wins. I don’t think he has much to lose really. He’s going to come out with big serves and big tennis.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to weather the storm. We want this match, both of us.”

How Djokovic reached the final

How Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon final

How Anderson reached the final

How Kevin Anderson reached the Wimbledon final

Turning 30 is no barrier – game, set and stats

  • This is the first time in the Open era the Wimbledon men’s singles final has been contested by two players aged 30 or over
  • Anderson is looking to become the first player to win the Wimbledon title on his debut in the final since Djokovic won his first crown in 2011
  • He is bidding to become the first South African man to win the SW19 title
  • At 32 years 58 days, Anderson is bidding to become the second-oldest first-time Grand Slam champion in the Open era
  • Anderson will rise to a career-high ranking of fourth if he wins. By reaching the final, he has already ensured he will break into the world’s top five for the first time in his career
  • Djokovic will rise to 11th – his highest ranking since November last year – by reaching the final. He will move up to 10th if he wins
  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 13th Grand Slam title and claim sole ownership of fourth place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles behind Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14)
  • At 21st, Djokovic is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to win the Wimbledon title since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001

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Wimbledon 2018: Angeligue Kerber beats Serena Williams to win title

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Angelique Kerber beat seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title and spoil the American’s dream comeback as a mum.

The German 11th seed, 30, beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-3 to add this title to her 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns.

Williams had been the favourite despite it being only her fourth tournament since giving birth in September.

Kerber dropped to the grass when a netted service return gave her victory.

Kerber’s gameplan pays off

Kerber, known for her defensive style, came to the match with one plan in mind – keep the point going and exploit Williams’ lack of mobility around the court.

And it paid off handsomely with Williams’ dashes to the net ending in errors half of the 24 times she came forward.

The German former world number one showed her intent in the first game, breaking the Williams serve that forms the backbone of her game.

Williams broke back to level at 2-2 before Kerber re-established the advantage in the seventh game when the American hit long, and she took the set when Williams sent a backhand into the net.

Kerber stuck with her tactics in the second set, breaking in the sixth, and the sight of Williams falling to the ground in frustration when she missed a straightforward lob for 30-0 when Kerber was serving for the match summed up her day.

The German struck a forehand winner to bring up championship point and sealed the victory on the next point when Williams could only return a serve into the net.

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Djokovic beats Nadal in five-set epic to reach final

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Novak Djokovic is one match away from a first Grand Slam title since 2016 after an epic five-set win over Rafael Nadal in their delayed Wimbledon semi-final.

Djokovic, who won 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9) 3-6 10-8 in five hours and 16 minutes, will face Kevin Anderson on Sunday.

The Serb led by two sets to one when play stopped at 23:02 BST on Friday.

Spain’s Nadal broke twice in the fourth set when play resumed on Saturday, but Djokovic fought back to take his second match point to edge a dramatic decider.

This was Nadal and Djokovic’s 52nd meeting – more than any other two men in the Open era – and the pair did not disappoint as they finally resumed their long-standing rivalry on the Grand Slam stage.

With 29 major titles between them, two of the game’s all-time greats had not faced each other this deep in a major since the 2014 French Open final.

Starting under the Centre Court floodlights, finishing after an overnight break and packed with quality and drama throughout, it was a match befitting a final never mind a semi-final.

Nadal missed five break points in the decider and was eventually punished as 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic reached his first major final since the 2016 US Open.

“I’m just overwhelmed,” Djokovic told BBC Sport.

“It’s very special. It was very clear that very few things separated us. Until the last shot I didn’t know if I was going to win.

“This kind of match is what you live for, you work for.”

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Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon semi-final to resume on Saturday

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Novak Djokovic led world number one Rafael Nadal after three sets of their Wimbledon semi-final when play was suspended until Saturday.

The Serb, a three-time Wimbledon champion, is ahead 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9).

They did not start their match until after 20:00 BST as they had to wait for Kevin Anderson’s epic semi-final against John Isner to finish.

Wimbledon bosses closed the roof before the start but a 23:00 curfew meant the match could not finish on Friday.

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