Roger Federer Turns Back Time At 36 But Andy Murray Faces Hard Questions

Wimbledon is done and dusted for another year, with Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber the newly crowned singles champions.

Having reflected on a pretty frantic fortnight at SW19, we bring you six of the key things we’ve learnt from the 2018 Championships.

A fourth Wimbledon title belongs to Djokovic, who withheld a spirited third-set showing from Kevin Anderson to see the South African off in Sunday’s final.

It capped off a remarkable return to form for the Serb, who had to withdraw from his quarter-final at the All England Club 12 months ago due to an elbow injury.

After picking up his 13th Grand Slam title, Djokovic is now looking forward, and the US Open is just over a month away.

1. Djokovic: The unwanted obstacle

“This is going to be a huge confidence boost and springboard for whatever is coming up,” the 31-year-old said. “I really can't see the future. I don't know what's going to happen.

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"But I like to play on hard courts. US Open was always (a) successful tournament for me. I haven't played it last year because of injuries."

Djokovic, the number twelve seed, added: I'm looking forward to also go out there and play my best and see where it takes me.”

His return sparks trouble for future champions in waiting and also sends a message to the legendary Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Novak is the unwanted obstacle that no player on the tour wants to have to overcome in order to win a Grand Slam, so roll on Flushing Meadows.

2. Federer stuck on 20?

The assumption Federer would waltz to a 21st Grand Slam proved to be ill-conceived, and it’s difficult to know how damaging his quarter-final loss to Anderson could be.

Day Nine: The Championships - Wimbledon 2018

The 36-year-old will head to the hard courts of North America soon, knowing he has both Nadal and Djokovic to contend with come the US Open in August.

A flurry of other players will also look to challenge - including the man in our next point - but Novak's resurgence means Roger could be stuck on 20 major titles.

After disappointment at his favourite slam, the Swiss legend, who turns 37 next month, faces more challenges than ever if he wants to add to his record total.

3. Confidence for Murray

Andy Murray’s Wimbledon was reduced to television appearances after he decided not to compete at the 11th-hour.

The 31-year-old told the BBC that skipping the tournament was the wisest thing he could have done, as he did not want to rush back from hip surgery.

Previews: The Championships - Wimbledon 2018

Murray may fear a return won't prove fruitful, but the three-time Grand Slam champion can take confidence from seeing Djokovic cap off his comeback with a trophy.

There’s no reason why the Scottish star cannot do the same, especially if he continues to take it one step at a time.

4. Kerber enthusiasm is back

Angelique Kerber was written off in the build-up to her Wimbledon final against Serena Williams but produced a ruthless display to claim her third Grand Slam.

From number one in the world in July 2017, Kerber slipped to 21 by year’s end, but a consistent showing at the 2018 majors means she is back at four as of Monday.

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The 30-year-old has her sights set on a return to the summit and if she can build on her Wimbledon form, the gutsy German could take some stopping.

5. Williams will get No. 24

It wasn't meant to be for Serena, but what a tournament it was for a woman who became a mother just ten short months ago.

"To all the mums out there, I was playing for you today,” she said, upon reflecting on her final defeat to Kerber.

The 36-year-old American was outclassed on Saturday and may regret a number of questionable shots she produced against Angie.

That said, Williams' beaming smile in defeat told you it wasn't a disheartening 6-3 6-3 loss, but one to build on as she returns to full fitness.

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A scary thought is this was Serena's fourth tournament back since giving birth, so she certainly still has every chance of reaching 24 Grand Slam titles.

6. Women's Top 10 have questions to answer

It was a disastrous Wimbledon for the women’s top ten seeds, who all tumbled out before the quarter-final stage – an unwanted first in the Open era.

Among the troubled decad were six Grand Slam champions, a further two having reached a major final during their respective careers.

Bluntly put, recent Roland Garros winner Simona Halep, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and co were well short of the mark on the SW19 turf.

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With both Kerber and Williams back in the fold, all the top ten ranked women have to find consistency and up their game during the upcoming hard-court season.

Do YOU agree with these points? What is YOUR biggest take-away from Wimbledon 2018? Will Federer win another Grand Slam? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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