Serena sparkles, Federer falls short - the memorable moments of Wimbledon 2016

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Serena Williams and Andy Murray took the singles titles at Wimbledon this weekend, but the duo were by no means the only ones to serve up a treat in a magnificent fortnight at the All England Club.

The Williams sisters also claimed a sixth women's doubles title on Saturday evening. Here we pick out a selection of the memorable moments from what was another captivating grand slam in SW19.

 

SPARKLING SERENA MATCHES GRAF RECORD

Williams had failed to win a major since her triumph in south west London last year, but the world number one ended her wait to equal Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 grand slams by beating Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 on Saturday.

The 34-year-old American was at her brilliant best, producing a brutal performance on Centre Court yet again to retain her title at the expense of the woman who beat her in the Australian Open final back in January.

Top seed Williams dropped to the famous grass after claiming a seventh Wimbledon title before picking herself up to win the doubles with her sister Venus.

 

MURRAY'S TIME COMES AGAIN

Home favourite Murray made Great Britain proud once again by winning his second Wimbledon singles title on the final day of the tournament.

The magnificent Scot was simply too good for Milos Raonic, playing his first major final, as he won in straight sets to send huge roars of approval ringing around the grounds.

Second seed Murray, watched by the likes of Prime Minister David Cameron as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, prevailed 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) to claim his third major title.

The world number two had lost the first two grand slam finals this year, but he was not to be denied this time, producing a masterful display.

 

DJOKOVIC STUNNED BY QUERREY

Novak Djokovic was halfway to a first calendar Grand Slam when he arrived in south west London, but the world number one's quest to achieve that feat was sensationally dashed by Sam Querrey in the third round.

The Serb was favourite to retain his title, but big-serving American Querrey, the 28th seed, sent shockwaves around Wimbledon by winning 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7-5) in an absorbing contest which required two days to settle due to the rain.

It was the first time Djokovic had failed to reach at least the quarter-final of a major since 2009.

 

SERENA DOUBLES UP

Serena was not finished yet after claiming the singles title and returned to Centre Court for an encore on a glorious Saturday evening to showcase her incredible talents once again along with her older sibling.

The iconic duo moved joint second on the women's Open Era list of doubles winners by coming out on top in their clash with Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova, who went down 6-3 6-4.

Imposing duo Serena and Venus have a 100 per cent record pairing up in major finals and it was a perfect day for the Williams family on Saturday.

 

VENUS ROLLS BACK THE YEARS

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams proved age is no barrier as she beat Shvedova 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to reach the semi-finals.

The 36-year-old world number eight was unable to set up a final against her younger sibling, as she was beaten by the athletic Kerber in the last four.

She ended another memorable fortnight on a high note, though, getting the better of Shvedova again in the doubles with her younger sister.

 

MUGURUZA BROUGHT BACK DOWN TO EARTH

Garbine Muguruza was on a high after winning a first major at the French Open in May, but she was brought back down to earth at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard will lose her world number two spot to Kerber next week after qualifier Jana Cepelova defied the odds to consign last year's runner-up to a 6-3 6-3 defeat in the second round.

Muguruza pieced together an unexpected charge to the final last year, but had a tournament to forget 12 months on.

 

ISNER FAILS TO CROSS THE LINE IN ANOTHER MARATHON

Marathon man John Isner went down in history, along with Nicolas Mahut, after winning by finally taking the final set 70-68 in a remarkable first-round match which took three days to settle at Wimbledon in 2010. 

It took Isner 11 hours and five minutes to win that epic contest and there must have been a sense of deja vu for the American when he hung in there once again in his third-round match against Jo-Wifried Tsonga, but this time his persistence did not pay off as the Frenchman prevailed 19-17 in the deciding set.

Just the four hours and 24 minutes on court for Isner this time, so maybe he did not quite get into his stride?

 

CIBULKOVA GETS TO THE CHURCH ON TIME

Dominika Cibulkova's run to the quarter-finals put her wedding at risk of being postponed, but the Slovakian got to the church on time.

Cibulkova ousted third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in a gripping contest to book her place in the last eight and said it would be "a dream come true" to make further progress.

There was no need to pick a new date, though, as Elena Vesnina beat her to ensure she would marry Miso Navara on Saturday - the day of the women's singles final.

 

FEDERER DOWNS CILIC IN EPIC FIVE-SETTER

The great Roger Federer served up another classic by coming from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic in five sets to reach the semi-final.

Swiss great Federer then saved three match points to raise hopes he could win an 18th major title - and a first since his 2012 - but last-four conqueror Raonic had other ideas.

Federer was beaten in five sets by the towering Canadian, his only loss in 11 semi-finals at the All England Club, missing out on a chance of taking his tally of Wimbledon singles title to a record eight.