Wimbledon, England – Novak Djokovic waited. He waited for Nick Kyrgios to distract and deviate from the path. Waited for a proper read on your enemy’s large serves. Waited for this opportunity to rise to your level.
Djokovic is not bothered by losses in one game, one set, one match. He has no objection to problem-solving. And at Wimbledon, for quite some time now, he hasn’t been defeated.
Djokovic used his steady talent on Sunday to beat ace, trick-shot-hitting Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) for the fourth consecutive Wimbledon Championships and seventh overall. used.
Top seed Djokovic extended his unbeaten run to 28 matches in the grass-court Grand Slam tournament and extended his career run to 21 major trophies, breaking a tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s 22 for the most in history. Only one retreated. Men’s tennis.
Among men, only Federer, with eight, has won more titles at Wimbledon than Djokovic. In the professional era, only Federer was (less than a year) older than 35-year-old Djokovic when he won at the All England Club.
His return on a sunny afternoon saw a return in the quarter-finals, when Djokovic erased a two-set deficit against No. 10 seed Janik Sinar, and in the semi-finals, when No. 9 Cam Nori took the opening set. In last year’s title match at Wimbledon, Djokovic dropped the opening set. In the 2019 final, he wiped out two championship points against Federer.
There were two particularly important moments on Sunday that went Djokovic’s way, one that Kyrgios didn’t let go of as he began to engage in running monologues, yelling at himself or his crew (which doesn’t include a full-time coach). ), finding reason to disagree, the chair umpire (and earning a warning for cursing) and dodging a water bottle.
In the second set, Djokovic served 5-3, Kyrgios got Love-40 – a trio of break points. But Kyrgios played some casual returns and Djokovic eventually won. And then, in the third set, as Kyrgios served in a 4-all, 40-love, he again let a sealed game go away, with Djokovic breaking through.
Kyrgios, ranked 40, was trying to become the first unseeded men’s champion at Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. Ivanisevic now coaches Djokovic and was in the center court guest box for the match.
Kyrgios is a 27-year-old from Australia who has never progressed beyond the quarterfinals in his last 29 Grand Slam appearances – and last made it 7 1/2 years ago.
He somehow stole the show on Sunday. He tried to put a shot between his legs. Hit something on the net with his back. The boosted acts up to 136 mph and produces 30 aces. Used underarm serve, then fake after.