Djokovic beats Kyrgios in Wimbledon final and conquers 21st Grand Slam title | NOW

Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon for the seventh time on Sunday. The Serb captured his 21st Grand Slam title on the grass in London by beating Nick Kyrgios in a three-hour final: 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 7-6 (3).

For the 35-year-old Djokovic it is ‘only’ his first Grand Slam title of the year. The number three in the world was not allowed to participate in the Australian Open and at Roland Garros he was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the later winner Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard had already won the Australian Open in January.

Djokovic has been unapproachable at Wimbledon for years. ‘The Djoker’ also won the prestigious grass tournament in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021. Wimbledon was not held in 2020 due to the corona pandemic, meaning Djokovic has now won his last 28 matches on the ‘holy grass’.

The battle for the coveted Grand Slam record has also become more exciting with Djokovic’s Wimbledon victory. Nadal currently has the most majors to his name (22), one more than Djokovic and two more than Roger Federer. The forty-year-old Swiss hopes to make his comeback this year.

The contrast with Kyrgios was great in that regard, because the 27-year-old Australian was in the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Kyrgios qualified without playing for the final battle, as Nadal withdrew from their semi-final game injured.

The number forty in the world has never made it past the quarterfinals at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Kyrgios won his two previous mutual encounters with Djokovic without losing a set, but that beautiful statistic came to an end at Wimbledon.

Route Djokovic to the title

  • 1st round: Kwon Soon-woo (6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4)
  • 2nd round: Thanasi Kokkinakis (6-1, 6-4 and 6-2)
  • 3rd round: Miomir Kecmanovic (6-0, 6-3 and 6-4)
  • 4th round: Tim van Rijthoven (6-2, 4-6, 6-1 and 6-2)
  • Quarterfinals: Jannik Sinner (5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2)
  • Semi-finals: Cameron Norrie (2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4)
  • Final: Nick Kyrgios (4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 7-6 (3) )

Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios faced each other for the third time.


Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios faced each other for the third time.

Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios faced each other for the third time.

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Djokovic recovers from the loss of the first set

In the run-up to the final, it was mainly about possible new misconduct by Kyrgios, but the enfant terrible started focused on his first final battle at a Grand Slam tournament. He scored three love games in the first set, made only four unnecessary mistakes and entertained the audience with delights. Djokovic’s saves were less flawless. He was broken at 2-2 and lost the first set for the third time this tournament.

As in his quarterfinals and semifinals, Djokovic showed resilience in the second set. The Serb hurt Kyrgios at 2-1 with a love break and came back from a 0-40 deficit at 5-3. Kyrgios missed four breakpoints in that game and vented his frustrations with a tirade and sarcastic cheers towards the people in his own player box.

Kyrgios escaped an early break at the start of the third set and kept pace with Djokovic for a long time. He allowed himself to be lured more and more often and expressed his frustration with the umpire about a spectator – according to him drunk – who irritated him. Another rant followed when Kyrgios gave up another 40-0 lead at 4-4 and hit a double foul at breakpoint. Due to some unnecessary mistakes by Kyrgios, Djokovic was then able to secure the third set.

It wasn’t that the traditionally strong serving Kyrgios was really inferior to Djokovic, but due to sloppy mistakes, the eccentric Australian did not come close to a breakpoint. He made 33 unnecessary mistakes in the entire match, almost twice as many as his Serbian opponent. With some difficulty, Djokovic took his last service game and a tiebreak was needed to make a decision.

With one of the best services on the circuit, Kyrgios could hope for a fifth set, but due to a number of mistakes and three quick mini breaks it never became very exciting. Djokovic saw two more of his five championship points be eliminated, but on his third attempt the tennis legend still took his seventh Wimbledon title.

Novak Djokovic captured his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title.


Novak Djokovic captured his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title.

Novak Djokovic captured his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title.

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