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Insane and absurd: Fans revel in craziest night of sport

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Spare a thought for the thousands of Aussies heading into Monday morning at work on little to no sleep. There’s a legitimate excuse.
'Overnight, the world witnessed two of the greatest finals in sporting history. A historic Wimbledon encounter for the ages and a cricket World Cup decider that will forever be remembered for both it’s absurdity and incredulity. The two epics played out simultaneously in the small hours of Monday morning despite getting underway Sunday night, and for many will become a “where were you when” moment. London played host to both events in one of the greatest spectacles the English capital has seen since Super Saturday at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Just 8.7 miles separates Lord’s Cricket Ground and the All England Tennis club. London truly put on one of the greatest and most dramatic sporting shows of all time, holding the attention of every corner of the world for hours. Channel flicking back and forth, fans were torn between two of the most captivating sporting blockbusters in recent memory, celebrating a change of ends or break between games at Wimbledon to catch a few balls at Lord’s. Federer undone in 'greatest ever final' 'There will never be a greater match in history' Stokes’ ultimate World Cup redemption The end of an over signalled time to catch a serve or two at Wimbledon – and so the saga went on – for hours. Even the social media teams for both events were feeling the enormity of the occasion, Wimbledon tweeting the ICC” “Hello @ICC - how are you coping your end?” Which received the following reply: Things are a bit hectic here right now, we’ll get back to you ” An hour after England clinched the trophy, the ICC resumed the conversation: “Right.. Couldn’t have been a crazier day for sport in London! What do we suggest people do tomorrow? ” Others struggled with the pressure of keeping up: “With so much channel flicking and tension I’m confused. Stokes on championship point in Wimbledon while Federer needs to get 23 from 11 remaining balls,” wrote Lewis Jones. “I’m doing that much channel flicking that Federer is serving deliveries to Stokes World Cup: Is this the moment that cost New Zealand the Cricket World Cup? \\ Streets in London came to a standstill with fans pouring out on the road to keep up to date with the scores. Trafalgar Square had been turned into an outside viewing station with thousands huddled around the live screening of both events. The deadlock was finally broken as Novak Djokovic claimed a double break against Roger Federer and won the men’s final - three minutes shy of the five-hour mark in a heart-stopping fifth set tie-break. The end of their duel allowed fans to catch the dying moments at Lord’s as the host nation won their maiden Cricket World Cup in jaw-dropping style, beating New Zealand by a boundary countback after both the super over and 50-over game were tied. It was nerve-shredding at the home of cricket. Eoin Morgan’s side finished on 241 all out in pursuit of New Zealand’s 8-241, the final came down to a six-ball shootout for each team. England’s Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler took 15 off Trent Boult’s over. Jofra Archer bowled England’s over against Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham, who smashed a six off the second ball. With two runs required off the final ball, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Jason Roy combined to run out Guptill as he came back for the second. Both sides finished on 15 so England won due to a tie-break rule because they hit more boundaries. “My heart is still racing. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever won, a great bunch of fellas, a really good family to me,” Archer said. Stokes was in tears as England’s players danced joyously around the pitch. “I’m pretty lost for words. All the hard work over four years, to get here and be champions of the world. It’s an amazing feeling. I’m pretty done,” Stokes said with an expression that mixed elation with bewilderment. “Playing against New Zealand is always a great event. They are a seriously good team and really good lads. I said to Kane Williamson I’ll be apologising for that for the rest of my life.” Meanwhile, a short drive down the road at SW19, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were simultaneously locked in a thrilling five-set epic for the men’s Wimbledon title in what eventually turned into the competition’s longest ever final. As England pushed for the super over, Federer was dropping championship points in the 16th game of the deciding set which lasted over two hours. Three weeks shy of his 38th birthday, few would have bet against the Swiss maestro who was chasing a ninth title at the All England Club and bidding to become the oldest Grand Slam champion. Enter Djokovic, who, despite being outplayed by the 37-year-old Swiss for large parts of the knife-edge encounter, the world number one triumphed 7-6 (7/5) 1-6 7-6 (7/4) 4-6, 13-12 (7/3). At four hours and 57 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon final ever played and settled by a final set tie-break for the first time. Tennis: Novak Djokovic has outlasted Roger Federer to win his 5th Wimbledon title in a record long 4 hours and 55 minutes. “For now it hurts, and it should, like every loss does here at Wimbledon,” said Federer. “Definitely tough to have those chances.” - WITH WIRES The five moments that won Wimbledon 2019 for Novak Djokovic By Leo Schlink Fifth set – 8-7, Roger Federer’s first match point when serving at 40-15: Federer misses wide with an off-forehand. Fifth set – 8-7, Roger Federer’s second match point serving at 40-30: Federer approaches net behind innocuous forehand. Djokovic rips crosscourt forehand winner. Fifth set – 8-7, Roger Federer serving at break point down: Federer nets tough forehand to lose serve. Fifth set – 11-11, Roger Federer receiving at deuce: Wins point on HawkEye challenge after clipping the sideline with a backhand, but can’t convert on the following point despite controlling the rally. It was a virtual match point. Fifth set tie-break, Roger Federer serving at 1-all: Federer attacks the net behind his serve but shunts a forehand half-volley wide. He never recovered as Djokovic regained control. RECORD BREAKING SILVERSTONE And if that wasn’t enough there was also th British Grand Prix just a few hours north of London as well as the Netball World Cup in Liverpool. On what turned out to be a record day for the England Cricket team had already been one for world champion lewis Hamilton who claimed a record-breaking sixth win at the British Grand Prix. Success was sealed not with a thrilling overtaking move but by a canny pit stop strategy payingoff for the reigning world champion on Sunday at Silverstone. By finishing 25 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton extended his championship lead over the Finnto 39 points and moved ahead of Jim Clark and Alain Prost to take the outright record for British GP victories. “I have done so many races and you would think I’d get used to it,” Hamilton said. “But this felt just as amazing as the firstwin I ever had here in 2008. “This is the greatest single moment for an athlete, to raise their flag as the number one,” Hamilton said. “One day, I will have that picture of me in the car holding the British flag. I will always be able to look at that and smile about it for the rest of my life.” Continue north of Silverstone and the Diamonds were in action in their third clash of the Netball World Cup, delivering yet another crushing defeat, this time on Sri Lanka. The 99-24 win was a tournament record score and Australia’s largest margin of the campaign so far. Australia join England and New Zealand as already confirmed group winners along with South Africa, who beat second-ranked Jamaica to top Group C. Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe shocked Northern Ireland 51-49 to finish second in Group A. The Diamonds will now play Malawi on Tuesday. MEANWHILE IN FRANCE By Sam Edmund The biggest win of Daryl Impey’s career has propelled Mitchelton-Scott to its first Tour de France stage triumph in three years. Impey was too strong for Tiesj Benoot in a two-man sprint into Brioude after 170.5km, prompting an outpouring of emotion at the finish. An inaugural member of Australia’s first and only WorldTour team, and a sacrificial workhorse for most of the season, Impey’s win was nearly as popular with rivals and as it was teammates. It was the South African who led out then-teammate Michael Matthews for Mitchelton-Scott’s last Tour success in 2016, while he also piloted Simon Gerrans to glory in 2013. “It’s the seventh time I’m riding the Tour de France and I’ve been in a number of breakaways. To finally nail it today, it’s a dream come true. I really don’t have any words,” Impey said. “I’ve been imagining that emotion on the finish line for a long time and to win on Bastille Day, that’s a magic memory.”'

Valtteri Bottas takes pole in Silverstone

Motorsports The Roar

In the week it was announced that Silverstone would host the British Grand Prix for five more years, the iconic track played host to another close qualifying session. I’ve written many times over the course of the season about track evolution, and
'In the week it was announced that Silverstone would host the British Grand Prix for five more years, the iconic track played host to another close qualifying session. I’ve written many times over the course of the season about track evolution, and it was a factor once again this afternoon, particularly because the track has been recently resurfaced. However, unlike in previous qualifying sessions, the teams were well aware that lap times would get quicker as the session went on. One team for which track evolution couldn’t help, though, was Williams, and they will line up on the back row of the grid tomorrow. It was an especially disappointing performance for the team given they are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first victory at Silverstone. Haas were another team who didn’t perform well. Romain Grosjean will start 14th and Kevin Magnussen 16th tomorrow – a big difference compared to their last qualifying performance in Austria, where Magnussen qualified fifth. \t \t\tMore Motorsport\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tValtteri Bottas takes pole in Silverstone\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tSilverstone renewal preserves F1's history for the future\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tCould Daniel Ricciardo be set to break the driver market again?\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tSupercars Townsville 400 talking points\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tTimely Austrian thriller proves F1's OK after all\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t \t\tMotorsport\t Racing Point, whose factory is across the road from the track, didn’t do well either, with Lance Stroll eliminated in Q1 for the 14th time in a row. His teammate, Sergio Perez, just about squeezed into Q2 but couldn’t progress any further, qualifying 15th. With the exception of George Russell, all of the British drivers were involved in Q3 – in this I include Alexander Albon, who races with a Thai licence but was born in London and so can claim the British Grand Prix to be his home even. Both Lando Norris and Albon managed to outqualify Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, but it was Daniel Ricciardo who got the coveted best-of-the-rest spot, outqualifying his teammate for the first time at Silverstone in the turbo-hybrid era. Out front the gap between pole and second place was just 0.006 seconds. Valtteri Bottas held onto his provisional pole position to take his fourth pole of the season ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton did make a mistake with his first lap in Q3, going wide through Brooklands and therefore forced to take a tighter line through Luffield, which lost him 0.3 seconds to his Bottas. He was able to claw back some of this deficit back the second time around, but he just couldn’t take what would have been his seventh pole position at Silverstone. Bottas told David Coulthard, “I knew the first lap was good but it was not perfect. I should have improved in the second run but I’m glad that it was enough.” QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION: A tenth career pole for @ValtteriBottas ???? #BritishGP ???????? #F1 pic.twitter.com/NKZEWXN81e — Formula 1 (@F1) July 13, 2019 Sunday could bring a good battle at the front as Hamilton will most definitely try to get past his teammate as he aims to claim a record-breaking sixth win at Silverstone. Whatever the result, it’s going to be a fantastic day for British sport, with England seeking to win their first cricket World Cup final against New Zealand, Lewis Hamilton attempting to win his sixth British Grand Prix and Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battling it out in the Wimbledon men’s singles final. Whichever one you choose to watch, enjoy what’ll be a super Sunday. Sports opinion delivered daily'