The Latest: Melichar, Peya win Wimbledon mixed doubles title
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Nicole Melichar and Alexander Peya became Grand Slam champions for the first time by winning the Wimbledon mixed doubles title.
The 11th-seeded pair defeated defending champion Jamie Murray and his new partner Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (1), 6-3.
Melichar, who was born in the Czech Republic but moved to Florida shortly after her birth and is a U.S. citizen, was defeated in the Wimbledon women’s doubles final on Saturday. Peya of Austria was a losing finalist in the Wimbledon mixed doubles in 2015 and was also a runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Open men’s doubles.
After coming through a first set tiebreaker, Peya and Melichar saved three break points at the start of the second set, before securing the only break of the match in the following game.
They held serve the rest of the way to deny Murray, the champion also in 2007 and 2017, a third Wimbledon mixed doubles title.
Top-seeded Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan won the junior boys’ title at Wimbledon, stopping Jack Draper from becoming the first British champion in 56 years.
The 16-year-old Tseng won 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-4 on No. 1 Court against the son of former Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper.
Tseng jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set but Draper, also 16, earned an early break in the second. Tseng broke back before the home favorite hit a shot between his legs to force a tiebreaker, which he dominated.
After trading breaks in the third, Tseng earned the decisive breakthrough to take a 5-4 lead and served out the victory with an ace.
Draper came through a marathon semifinal on Friday, when he needed 10 match points to defeat fifth-seeded Nicolas Mejia 7-6 (5), 6-7 (6), 19-17 in 4 hours, 23 minutes.
Novak Djokovic had an extra person join his player box to celebrate his fourth Wimbledon title.
The Serb’s 3-year-old son Stefan — who is too young to be allowed to watch the match from inside Centre Court — arrived in time to see his dad lift the trophy.
“It feels amazing because the first time in my life I have someone screaming daddy, daddy,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic won his 13th Grand Slam title by defeating first-time Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3).
Anderson failed to capitalize on five set points in the third set, before Djokovic closed out the match in a tiebreaker.
Novak Djokovic won his fourth Wimbledon title with a 6-2, 6-2 7-6 (3) victory over Kevin Anderson.
The Serb has waited more than two years for his 13th Grand Slam title, with his previous major victory having come at the 2016 French Open.
Novak Djokovic is one set away from a fourth Wimbledon title.
The Serb has moved into a 6-2, 6-2 lead on Centre Court, with Kevin Anderson struggling physically after his 6 hour-plus semifinal with John Isner.
Djokovic also came through a five-set match — against Rafael Nadal — to reach the final and has shown no signs of fatigue.
After Djokovic had broken twice, Anderson earned his first break point of the match at 2-5 in the second set. Djokovic saved it before serving out successfully to double his lead.
If Kevin Anderson needs help putting a positive spin on the first set of the Wimbledon final, he need look no further than the British political heavyweights in the royal box on Centre Court.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and London Mayor Sadiq Khan watched on as Anderson lost the opening set 6-2 to three-time champion Novak Djokovic.
Also watching from the royal box are Prince William and his wife Kate. British actors Hugh Grant, Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne are also in attendance.
Novak Djokovic has taken the first set of his Wimbledon final against Kevin Anderson 6-2 in just 29 minutes.
Anderson wasn’t broken in his final 27 service games during his six-hours-plus semifinal win over John Isner, but Djokovic managed it in the first game of the match.
Three-time champion Djokovic broke again for a 4-1 lead as he lost just three points on his own serve.
Anderson called the trainer and began receiving treatment on his right arm at the conclusion of the set.
After coming through the two longest semifinals in Wimbledon history, Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson are back on Centre Court.
Three-time champion Djokovic is playing in a final for the first time in more than a year, while eighth-seeded Anderson has reached this stage at the All England Club for the first time.
Anderson, who held in his final 27 service games during his last-four win over Isner, is serving first in the final.
Novak Djokovic will be trying to win his fourth Wimbledon championship when he faces Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles final.
Djokovic is also aiming for what would be a 13th Grand Slam trophy and his first in more than two years after dealing with an injured right elbow that needed surgery.
Anderson has never won a major tournament. This is only his second final at one. He was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at last year’s U.S. Open.
Both finalists might be a bit weary. They won the two longest semifinals in Wimbledon history to get to Sunday’s title match.
Anderson played for more than 6½ hours before edging John Isner 26-24 in the fifth set Friday. Djokovic needed 5 hours, 15 minutes to get past Nadal in a match that ended Saturday.
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