Wimbledon, England – Novak Djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios in Sunday’s Wimbledon final to win his 21st Grand Slam title.
Djokovic dominated the match late in the third set, then used his trademark combination of strength and discipline to keep Kyrgios at bay to win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
The win gave Djokovic his seventh men’s title at Wimbledon and his fourth straight. He captured the trophy he cherishes more than any other title in his 28th consecutive victory at Wimbledon, his 39th consecutive victory on center court and in his fortieth title final 32.
Playing in his first Grand Slam final, Kyrgios was the best early on, outsmarting Djokovic in every aspect of the game. But as he often does, Djokovic has figured out the little ways he can get the best of the often volatile Australian on those key points that define a tight tennis match like this.
It came in the fourth-set tiebreak, as Djokovic worked his way through the rallies and introduced Kyrgios in four straight fouls to advance 6-1.
On his third match point, Djokovic pushed Kyrgios to the back of the court and watched a final backhand hit the net. He raised his arms, and as he had done many times before, he tasted the Central Court Grass in celebration.
In the long history of this tournament, there have been finals with far more champions and players liked than Djokovic and Kyrgios, but it is unlikely that there was any event that offered greater variation in styles, in tennis bios, in character and even in their approaches to tennis and life.
Djokovic, 35, entered the match in pursuit of his 21st Grand Slam title, second only to 22-year-old Rafael Nadal. (Roger Federer, who will turn 41 next month and is recovering from knee surgery, has 20. He tried to return to Wimbledon one last time.)
Kyrgios didn’t reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam until last week. He still hasn’t played in one because Nadal withdrew from the tournament With a ruptured abdomen the day before the semi-final match.
The final match brought an irresistible sense of power and immovable object to this prestigious tournament. Djokovic was 10-1 in five matches at Wimbledon. Kyrgios never lost anyone. Djokovic has a winning record against nearly every major player, with the exception of Kyrgios, who has not dropped a set in their two matches.
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