Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday in the Wimbledon final
Djokovic won the seventh Title at the All England Club and a 21st major title. Only Rafael Nadal has won more Men’s Singles Grand Slam titles in his career, with 22.
Kyrgios was playing in his first career final at a major tournament.
The match ended after over three hours when Kyrgios sent a ball into the net. Djokovic turned to his dressing room and raised his arms to the sky.
After a hug to the net with Kyrgios, he ate a few grass twigs.
Kyrgios had won the previous two duels between the two players, each time in 2017.
Ranked 40th in the world, Kyrgios took advantage of a double fault by Djokovic to break his rival’s serve. Also, take a 3-2 lead in the first set. He converted his second ball with an ace.
Djokovic leveled the odds by winning the second set. He saved four breaking balls in the last game of the inning.
Kyrgios committed a double fault in the third set at 4-4 to give Djokovic a breaking ball. He then sent a backhand into the net before seeing the Serbian quickly win the set on serve.
Kyrgios managed to keep his composure for the majority of the fourth inning.
Trailing 1-6 in the tiebreaker, Kyrgios extended the debate with a winning shot and a 30th ace. Djokovic, yet, converted his third championship ball.
This is Djokovic’s fourth straight Wimbledon triumph. The tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022 edition of the prestigious grass tournament was played with a certain controversy. No points were awarded for the world ranking due to the organizers’ decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes.
This decision was taken in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian Daniil Medvedev, first in the world ranking, was among the absentees.
Djokovic took advantage of his chance by extending his winning streak at the All England Club to 28.
He beat Roger Federer (20), second in history for major titles in men’s singles. He will have the opportunity to join Nadal in first place at the U.S. Open.
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