Novak Djokovic defeats Nick Kyrgios for the seventh Wimbledon championship | Tennis News
LONDON: Novak Djokovic was the constant. He was unmoved by the conversation or the rumble of thunder on the other side of the net; it may have been raining serves and returns, but the top seed, facing the Nick Kyrgios storm, found refuge in its calm.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) win gave him a seventh Wimbledon title, his fourth in a row, taking his Grand Slam total to 21 crowns – one from Roger Federer and one from Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic and Kyrgios, who entertained central courtyard for a little over three hours, extended their exchange until the victory ceremony. Kyrgios, wearing a red cap, received the second plaque from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. “Nick, you’ll be back” Djokovic said to his opponent as he cradled the men’s singles trophy. “You showed why you deserve to be with the best players in the world. I respect you a lot. You are an incredible tennis talent. I never thought I would say so many nice things about you. Ok, so it’s officially a bromance.”
The 35-year-old, who celebrated by chewing on a blade of grass, said: “The grass is my first image of tennis. I love this court and it loves me back.” Djokovic’s daughter Tara, sporting a dress that reflected the bright sky, joined his wife Jelena for the victory ceremony, as the central court celebrated Djokovic’s wedding anniversary. Their son Stefan was at Aorangi Park locked in a workout with Bob Bryan’s son.
Djokovic’s eighth Wimbledon and 32nd major final got off to a hesitant start, opening as he did with a double fault. With serve speeds of 76 and 81 mph in a dangerously drifting fifth game, Djokovic double-faulted trying to increase the speed, giving his opponent the break. Outside of an underarm serve, a tween and some delicious shots, line smoke, corner nailing shots, there were no blowouts on center court in the first set the Aussie has served.
Djokovic meanwhile was slowly changing gears. In game four of the second set, which he won after dragging his 27-year-old opponent back and forth across the baseline before unleashing a short ball that not only edged the Aussie, he came ahead. He then broke up Kyrgios in the fifth game.
In photos: Novak Djokovic wins his seventh Wimbledon title and his 21st Grand Slam
Novak Djokovic clinched a seventh Wimbledon title and a 21st Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a four-set triumph over Nick Kyrgios, whose challenge ended in frustration after a blistering start. (Getty Images)
Djokovic found himself trailing 0-40 when he served to level the scores in game nine. Kyrgios’ tennis was talking, he sprinted onto the court and rolled his wrist for a shot that was magnificent on so many levels, but the Serb still held on, saving a fourth break point in the game.
Djokovic was playing the human backboard and Kyrgios exploded.
“0-40, 0-40,” he shouted from his seat, wasting the lost chance. “What pick it up?” Kyrgios asked his box, who was standing to cheer him on. “Is it picking it up for you?” he thundered.
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