Novak Djokovic wins seventh Wimbledon title and 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. Top-seeded Djokovic won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to equal Pete Sampras’ mark of seven All England Club titles and move into one of the record male of eight held by Roger Federer. The 35-year-old Serb now has a Slam ahead of Federer in the all-time race and only one behind Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 majors.
“I am at a loss for words for what this tournament and this trophy means to me,” Djokovic said. “It has always been and will be the most special in my heart.”
Djokovic also praised Kyrgios after their once frosty relationship thawed at Wimbledon.
“It’s officially a bromance,” he said.
“You have shown that you deserve to be the best in the world especially on this surface, after this tournament I wish you the best.”
Djokovic is only the fourth man in the Open era to win four successive Wimbledon titles after Bjorn Borg, Sampras and Federer.
Kyrgios said the Serb was ‘a bit of a god’.
“First of all congratulations to Novak and your team, you have won these championships that I don’t even know anymore several times.”
The 40th-ranked player said he was “exhausted”.
“I’m really happy with this result and maybe one day I’ll be here again but I don’t know about that.”
Kyrgios was seen yawning at the top of the stairs at the All England Club as the players made their way to center court.
“That’s why he lost!”
But there was no lethargy when the final began as Djokovic, playing in a record 32nd men’s Slam final, was sent off the pitch by his 27-year-old opponent making his first bow.
Kyrgios raced through the first set, breaking game five and winning the opener with his seventh ace in the contest.
Along the way, he showcased underarm serve, a “tweener” and impeccable deportment.
Djokovic, recognized as the best returner in the game and undefeated at the tournament since 2017, managed to earn just five points on Kyrgios’ serve.
It was the third match in a row at this Wimbledon that the 35-year-old lost the first set.
Djokovic won a 23-lung rally in game three of the second set and immediately broke for a 3-1 lead.
This was the signal for Kyrgios’ first dark whispers of the afternoon.
Kyrgios then saw four break points escape as Djokovic leveled the final by winning his first set over the Australian in three encounters.
Kyrgios saved two break points in the opener of the third set.
There was a brief stoppage in play when a protester was kicked out of the stadium for shouting “Where is Peng Shuai?” in reference to the well-being of the Chinese women’s tennis star.
Kyrgios was further disturbed when he demanded that a fan be removed from the crowd for distracting him on his serve.
“She’s the woman who looks like she’s had 700 drinks, bro,” he told referee Renaud Lichtenstein.
His afternoon threatened to completely unravel when he was beaten 40-0 in Game 9, furious and loudly swearing at his team in the player box.
Djokovic, with just two unforced errors, happily surged for a two-sets-to-one lead.
As Kyrgios continued to protest against himself and his supporters, Djokovic was on his way to victory, wrapping up the title with a convincing tiebreaker.
Djokovic was reminded during the post-match presentation that he had promised to buy Kyrgios dinner if he won the title again.
“Yeah, that’s why he lost!” jokes the champion.
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