“You’ve won [the Queens grass tennis tournament],” an interviewer said of Spain’s Carlos, 20, after the match. “Now you won Wimbledon. You seem to be developing a very strong Relationship with grass.”
“I have fallen in love with grass right now,” he laughed.
Carlos only had the best of things to say about Serbia’s Novak: “You inspire me a lot. I started playing tennis, watching you, since I was born, you already were winning tournaments. It’s amazing. You said 36 is the new 26 and you made that happen.”
Princess Catherine presented Carlos with his trophy after his win.
King Felipe VI of Spain was in the crowd to support Carlos.
“I played in front of you just twice,” Carlos said of his lucky charm. “Twice that I won, I hope you are coming more. (laughs)”
Carlos dethroned Novak in a five-hour match that went to five sets, 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
Carlos is the first player to win Wimbledon in 20 years outside of Novak, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray. He’s also the youngest man to win the title since 1986 when Boris Becker won at age 17.