Sports shorts: Djokovic, Hamilton and England's glory
Ten things from the world of sport on Monday 15 July
1. Djokovic crowned Wimbledon champion
Novak Djokovic won a fifth Wimbledon title after beating Roger Federer in one of the greatest finals SW19 has hosted. Serbian top seed Djokovic saved two championship points against second seed Federer and went on to win a fifth-set tie-break. The final was the longest in Wimbledon history at four hours 57 minutes. Djokovic’s 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) victory means he has now won five Wimbledon titles and 16 grand slams.
2. Hamilton reigns at Silverstone
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time at Silverstone. The world champion claimed a maximum 26 points with victory and an extra point for the fastest lap. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas started on pole but finished the race in second place. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third, his fourth podium in succession. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished 16th after crashing into Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who came fifth.
3. England inspire a generation
Hopes are high that England’s unbelievable triumph in the Cricket World Cup final will inspire a new generation of players after the drama unfolded live on free-to-air TV. Sky Sports, which has held the rights to England’s home matches since the 2005 Ashes, agreed to let Channel 4 broadcast the match. Audience figures are expected to rival those for the famous 2005 Ashes win.
4. England dominate at Netball World Cup
England topped Group D at the Netball World Cup with a with a thumping 90-24 win over Samoa. Shooter Jo Harten scored 40 of 41 attempts. The England Roses will play Jamiaca, Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa in the second stage, but will be without Layla Guscoth, so snapped her Achilles against Scotland on Saturday. Scotland and Northern Ireland also qualified for the second group stage. “The second stage of the tournament features two groups and only the top two teams from each qualify for the semi-finals,” says the BBC.
5. Mahrez puts Algeria into final
Riyad Mahrez scored a stunning 95th minute free kick to send Algeria into the African Cup of Nations final against Senegal on Friday. “The tournament had been waiting for Riyad Mahrez and in the semi-final he finally arrived. It came down in the end to one shot. A free-kick, perhaps 20 yards out: score it and Algeria were through to their first Cup of Nations final since 1990; miss and they faced extra-time against a Nigeria team who had been improving as the game went on,” says The Guardian.
6. Man City China crisis
Manchester City’s pre-season tour of China has been thrown into chaos after their flight to the Shanghai was postponed for a second time due to an “an administrative problem with the travel agent”, reports Sky Sports. “They had been due to fly out from Manchester on Saturday and were then hoping to fly on Sunday but that has not been possible.” The Premier League champions will not arrive in China until Tuesday at the earliest and are due to play West Ham on Wednesday.
7. Sevens up for Team GB
Team GB will compete in both the men and women’s Sevens competitions at next year’s Tokyo Olympics after England teams won qualifying tournaments. “England were nominated as the chosen home nation to represent GB in the qualification events, and the women's team beat France to reach the final,” reports the BBC. “They then saw off hosts Russia 19-0 in Kazan to win the tournament. In the men's event in Colomiers, England also faced the hosts in the final, beating France 31-7.
8. Rowers claims four medals
Great Britain won four medals on the final day of the Rowing World Cup in Rotterdam. Britain won gold in the men’s eight and claimed silver in the men's four, and bronze in both the women's pair and men's double. Britain finished fifth overall in the medals table behind Australia, Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand.
9. McIlroy set for The Open
The world’s best golfers are heading to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for The Open, which starts on Thursday. “The Open's return to Royal Portrush, for the first time since 1951, should guarantee the 148th edition of the sport's oldest and most revered championship is one of the most memorable in its history,” says the BBC. It will be special for Rory McIlroy who will be playing a Major on home soil for the first time.
10. Neymar flies in
Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, is back in France where he will have talks over his future with Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian has finally flown back to Europe after missing the start pre-season training with PSG. The 27-year-old seems certain to leave the French capital two years after his record-breaking £198m transfer. He is thought to want to return to old club Bacelona.