Roger Federer brought his "A" game to Wimbledon this year. The "Best Player of All-Time" was brilliant at times, but it was not good enough because Novak Djokovic could be "The Toughest Player of All-Time."
While Djokovic played solidly most of the match, he served remarkably well at big moments while teetering on the brink, for second straight time in a Wimbledon final victory over Federer.
Social media was abuzz with all kinds of strategic advice from desperate fans breaking down Federer's tactics during the match. I hate to break the news to these armchair coaches, but it's about as likely that you move quicker than Roger, as you make more astute court decisions—Novak was just better.
Djokovic seemed to want this victory badly after failing to achieve a Career Slam with a French Open victory falling to Stan Wawrinka in the finals.
The story of the women's side of the draw can be summed up in three words, "Serena, Serena, Serena." She now has 21 Grand Slam titles and it looks like she could win at least five more.
One of the ESPN announcers was explaining how difficult the pressure must be for Serena to be "so much better than the rest of the field." It's hard to agree with this alternate universe theory however.
Serena is quick, powerful, agile, smart and she just refuses to lose. She seems to eat the pressure of greatness for lunch and ask for seconds.
Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.