Wimbledon or ICC World Cup, 'Super Sunday' was all about the nerves

Be it the Federer vs Djokovic Wimbledon final or the Men’s World Cup final that went down to the wire at Lord’s, Sunday’s sporting action was not meant for the faint-hearted.

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The ‘Super Sunday’ was filled with heartbreak, loads of drama and hard-fought victories, leaving fans with a day to remember for years to come.   -  Getty Images

Any sporting enthusiast would have salivated looking at the menu card for Sunday – with the ICC Men’s World Cup final, Wimbledon Men’s singles final and the British GP all scheduled for the day.

The All England Tennis and Croquet Club and Lord’s Cricket Ground are situated on either ends of London, 12 miles apart and split by the River Thames. But on Sunday, the sporting venues were united by edge-of-the-seat cliffhangers.

At Wimbledon, Roger Federer was serving to stay in the final against Novak Djokovic. Meanwhile, across the Thames at Lord’s, England needed 15 runs off the last over to beat New Zealand in the ICC World Cup final.

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That’s when Wimbledon's Twitter handle reached out to its counterpart at ICC, checking on them to see how badly the nerves were rattled at the other end of London.

Federer and Djokovic were level at two sets each, taking the game into a two-hour long final set where the tournament saw its first ever fifth set tiebreak.

At 11-11, Djokovic fended off two break points – the second with a daring charge to the net – to drag the set to the newly introduced fifth-set tiebreaker. Once there, he scampered home to his fifth Wimbledon and 16 Grand Slam title, losing just three points.

“Things are a bit hectic here right now, we’ll get back to you,” the ICC responded. They were not kidding.

 

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At Lords, chasing 242 runs, England needed 15 off the last over. After a controversial overthrow from Ben Stokes ran down to the boundary, scores were level at the end of the innings, with the game going into a super over.

The host set New Zealand a 16-run target. Needing two runs of the last ball, the Kiwis could manage only one, levelling scores and thereby handing England its maiden World Cup title by virtue of boundaries scored.

On the same day, Lewis Hamilton secured a record sixth British GP victory at Silverstone, England. The race also saw Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen collide in the 37th lap, with Vettel finishing 16th after a 10-second penalty and the Dutchman managing a fifth-place finish.

The ‘Super Sunday’ was filled with heartbreak, loads of drama and hard-fought victories, leaving fans with a day to remember for years to come.

The ICC summed it up perfectly.

“Couldn’t have been a crazier day for sport in London. What do we suggest people do tomorrow?” they tweeted.