Baseline: July 17 tennis report

Tennis: With the season’s third Grand Slam event in the books, many of the game’s top players take pause ahead of beginning preparations for next month’s U.S. Open.

By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst

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BACKHANDS

WIMBLEDON

Men’s Final: Roger Federer def. Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4

  • Federer never dropped a set on the way to his record eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam crown. The 35-year-old champion broke serve five times in the final to earn a 31-2 match record this year and a world ranking of No.3.
  • Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, struggled in the final with a severe blister on his left foot and fatigue from the month of grasscourt tennis. Reaching the final, though, leaves him at No.6.
  • No.2 seed Novak Djokovic, who brought on coaches Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic for the fortnight, retired in the quarterfinals against Tomas Berdych. An arm injury ended his stay trailing Berdych 7-6, 2-0, and the Serb is considering time off to sort out various health and personal issues.
  • Defending champion Andy Murray struggled with a chronic hip injury in succumbing the quarterfinals to U.S. veteran Sam Querrey.
  • French Open champion Rafael Nadal met with a stunning third-round defeat to 34-year-old lefty Gilles Muller in a five-set battle.

Women’s Final: Garbine Muguruza def. Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-0

  • Muguruza, under the watch of former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez, showed composure and focus combined with overpowering groundstrokes to overtake the five-time Wimbledon champion and capture her second Grand Slam title.
  • Muguruza outlasted top seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round, but never dropped another set to seal a return to the top-10 ranks at No.5.
  • Williams, 37, showed savvy and big-serving style to beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and No.6 seed Johanna Konta to reach her 16th career Grand Slam final and second in 2017. Williams returns to the Top 10 at No.9.
  • No.2 seed Simone Halep, who ended former No.1 Victoria Azarenka‘s return from maternity leave, came up two points short from taking out Konta in the quarterfinals and grabbing the No.1 ranking.
  • No.3 seed Karolina Pliskova fell in the second round to nemesis Magdalena Rybarikova, but still moved to No.1 in the world for the first time in her career.

Other Finals

  • Men’s doubles: Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo def. Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11
  • Women’s doubles: Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina def. Monica Niculescu/Hao-Ching Chan, 6-0, 6-0
  • Mixed doubles: Martina Hingis/Jamie Murray def. Heather Watson/Henri Kontinen, 6-4, 6-4

FOREHANDS

ATP TOUR: Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open

  • Site: Newport, R.I.
  • Top seed: John Isner

ATP TOUR: Skistar Swedish Open

  • Site: Bastad, Sweden
  • Top seed: Pablo Carreno Busta

ATP TOUR: Pavla Laguna Croatia Open

  • Site: Umag, Croatia
  • Top seed: David Goffin

WTA TOUR: BRD Bucharest Open

  • Site: Bucharest, Romania
  • Top seed: Anastasija Sevastova

WTA TOUR: Ladies Championships Gstaad

  • Site: Gstaad, Switzerland
  • Top seed: Caroline Garcia
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