The Australian tennis player’s assignment still seemed somewhat promising in advance. After all, he was 2-0 ahead of Djokovic in mutual encounters. In fact, in those two games, he was never broken, even without conceding a breakpoint. However, Djokovic last lost on the holy grass in London in 2017 (!). Then from Tomas Berdych, where he also had to give up due to an injury. So 27 wins in a row. Good luck to Kyrgios.
Until 2-2 in the first set, it was equal, but the fifth game had to be Djoko on his own serve – with a double fault – handing in. “Let’s go!” exclaimed Kyrgios. With a 4-2 lead, the Australian dropped his first tweener loose. Audience on the benches, but the point was for Djokovic.
Screaming through the games
But at 5-4 Kyrgios really served for the set win. After a few deuces it was hit with an ace: 1-0 in sets for Kyrgios. Just like in the quarter- and semi-finals, the defending champion had to enter the game. He began to dictate the competition more and more in the rallies. The break came: 4-1 for the Serb. At 5-3, Djokovic served for the set, but Kyrgios fought hard and got four break points. But the break never came: 1-1 in sets. In set 3, Djoko went through his service games fairly quickly, while Kyrgios still had the necessary trouble. In addition, the Australian was screaming between games. Towards fans and his own staff in the stands.
Nick Kyrgios was complaining again and again.
At 4-4 and on his own serve, that also put him off his path. Djokovic broke, made it 5-4 and served for the set. Immediately hawkeye the six-time champion came on set point and it was immediately hit: 6-4. It was also the same in the fourth set. Few chances of breaking, but many good service games. Secure Djoko was unbeatable from the back line. The umpire and the linesmen were not really in shape, often to the disadvantage of Kyrgios. To the dissatisfaction of the Australian who made his debut in a grand slam final, who often managed to enter into a dialogue with the umpire.
Anyway, set 4 went to a tiebreak. Djokovic immediately took a minibreak. A curious miss by the world’s number 3 brought the rebreak back. A drop off further, however, it was already 3-1 for Djokovic and he then also ran out to 6-1: five championship points. The first two were still eliminated on Kyrgios’ service. At 6-3 it was hit: game, set, match and championship†
View the match point below†
“This is amazing. I have no words for what this tournament and this trophy mean to me,” said Djokovic after his win. “It is the most special tournament for me and it always will be. This tournament inspired me to play tennis as a boy. Each time it becomes more meaningful and special. I am blessed to be standing here with this trophy.”
He also briefly addressed losing finalist Kyrgios. “Nick, you’re coming back. Not just at Wimbledon, but in many finals. You showed why you are one of the best players in the world. You are an amazing talent and I wish you all the best. I never thought I’d say so many nice things about you, given the relationship we used to have. There is now officially a ‘bromance’”, he laughed.
Novak Djokovic may kiss the trophy for the seventh time.
Kyrgios reached the final without having to play in the semi-final battle. His opponent Nadal withdrew from the semi-final with an abdominal injury, which meant that Kyrgios automatically qualified for the final battle. Afterwards, he spoke full of praise for Djokovic. “He’s kind of like God, I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I am very happy with this result, the best of my career. Maybe one day I will be here again.”
Double title for Czech duo
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have won the women’s doubles tournament at Wimbledon. The Czech couple won in two sets against the Belgian Elise Mertens and the Chinese Shuai Zhang. It was 6-2 6-4.
For Krejcikova and Siniakova it was their second Wimbledon title. They previously won the tournament in 2018. Together they have so far booked five victories in grand slam tournaments. Earlier this year they won the Australian Open and in 2018 and 2021 they were the best couple at Roland Garros.