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By Akshay Kohli
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In Part 2 of the 2012 Wimbledon: Magical Moments, we have a look at the illustrious comebacks, some records and also at some controversies this tournament saw.
With some really bedazzling performances came some alarming setbacks. Ivo Karlovic accused the umpiring system for calling “foot faults” at all crucial times in his four set loss to Andy Murray. He quoted, “I mean, what is this? Is it Davis Cup or is it Wimbledon? After this match, the whole credibility of this tournament went down for me,” thereby raising doubts over Wimbledon's integrity. Another controversial moment occurred when Gilles Simon opposed the equal amount of money being offered to male and female tennis players at the Grand Slam level. Maria Sharapova opposed this as the argument got further more sensitive.
Coming out of the negativity, there were some really mouth watering clashes that took place in both
the draws. With the players being down and out, it was their will power and fighting spirit that helped them overcome some serious hurdles. The women's draw saw a marvelous comeback by Angelique Kerber, who came back from 3-5 down in the final set to beat countrywoman Sabine Lisicki in an exciting three set battle. A noteworthy comeback and probably an electrifying one was when Roger Federer came back from 2 sets to 0 down to outsmart Julien Benneteau in a cliffhanger 5 set encounter.
There were some really high quality, energy sapping duels that took place over the course of this tournament. The Roger Federer- Julien Benneteau clash, the Marin Cilic- Sam Querrey match(17-15 in the final set), Serena Williams- Zheng Jie battle(9-7 in the third). But the creme de la creme of these encounters was definitely the one between Lukas Rosol and Rafael Nadal, a five set endurance contest that went in favor of the underdog.
At the end of the tournament we had 2 NEW WORLD NO.1s, Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka, who displayed tremendous grit and heart to reclaim their lost thrones courtesy some power packed performances.
All in all the 2012 Wimbledon was an exhilarating tournament! TennisEarth congratulates all the Champions and also thanks all its viewers, to have regularly followed The Championships!
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