Novak Djokovic becomes the fourth man from the Open Era to record a streak of four consecutive titles at Wimbledon – joining Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg; his seventh title here overall means he is only one behind Federer in the all-time list
Last update: 07/10/22 6:06 p.m.
Novak Djokovic proved too classy for Nick Kyrgios on center court as the top seed claimed his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title and seventh overall on Sunday.
The top seed claimed his 21st Grand Slam title to edge Roger Federer and just one behind Rafael Nadal on the all-time list, sealed with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory ).
Djokovic joked about his ‘bromance’ with Kyrgios after he shared Instagram posts in the build-up to the match.
“Nick, you will come back, not just at Wimbledon but in the final. I know it’s hard to find words of consolation after such a tough loss, you showed why you deserve to be one of the best players in the world , especially on this surface,” Djokovic said.
“I really respect you a lot, I think you are a phenomenal tennis player, an athlete and an incredible talent. You have been hearing this for many years but now everything is starting to fall into place for you.
“I’m sure we’re going to see you a lot in the later Grand Slam stages. I never thought I’d say so many nice things about you, given the relationship. OK, it’s officially a bromance.”
Raphael Nadal 22
Pete Sampras 14
Roy Emerson 12
The Serb has now won seven of the last 11 titles at the All England Club, equaling Pete Sampras’ tally and approaching one of Federer’s men’s singles records here.
It’s been a tough season for Djokovic, but he was once again able to rely on the center court lawns to get the best out of him, and he raised his arms after picking up another famous victory.
Much of the excitement of the match centered around how Kyrgios would perform and behave in his first major singles final.
Roger Federer 8
Novak Djokovic 7
Pete Sampras 7
William Renshaw 7
Bjorn Borg 5
Laurie Doherty 5
Kyrgios’ first service game featured a second 125 mph service ace and an underarm serve, but above all Kyrgios impressed with the quality of his game, breaking Djokovic in the fifth game and winning the set with his seventh ace .
Winning a set against Djokovic didn’t mean much at Wimbledon this year, and the top seed did what he does best, finding a metronomic rhythm both on the return and from the baseline and exhausting his opponent gradually.
He broke Kyrgios’ serve for the first time in their three encounters to lead 3-1, and the Aussie began to channel his stress into his support box.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have shifted a little more uncomfortably in their plush seats in the Royal Box, with Prince George sitting within earshot.
Kyrgios had the majority of the crowd’s support, and he whipped them with a bounding fist pump as he chased a bunt at 3-5 that helped him create four break points, but he couldn’t. take none.
Djokovic was now reading Kyrgios’ serve incredibly well and the pressure on the challenger was increasing all the time.
A turbulent fifth game of the third set saw Kyrgios win a point with a tween, receive a code violation for swearing after a spectator called before his second serve, then pleaded with referee Renaud Liechtenstein to have the woman “who looks like he’s had about 700 drinks, my brother” ejected.
The 27-year-old was doing remarkably well to hold serve but the barrage broke in the ninth game when, from 40-0, Djokovic won five successive points to allow himself to be served for the set.
Kyrgios yelled at his box then slammed his water bottle in frustration.
A long bathroom break for Djokovic allowed Kyrgios to cool the fires, and he did well to hold serve throughout the fourth set, but a one-sided tie-break ended his hopes.
Djokovic vs Kyrgios: Match Stats
|83%||1st serve winning percentage||70%|
|61%||2nd serve winning percentage||53%|
|2/4||Break points earned||1/6|
|132||Total points earned||112|
Since Roger Federer’s maiden Wimbledon title in 2003, only Andy Murray has managed to break the grip of the big three, with Mark Philippoussis, Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson and Matteo Berrettini all making the final.
After donning his red baseball cap – in likely breach of Wimbledon’s strict dress code – to collect the runner-up trophy from the Duchess of Cambridge, Kyrgios said: “It’s a bit of a god. play.
“To all the ball players, umpires – I know we have a difficult relationship – thank you for putting up with me. And the crowd was amazing.”
Asked by presenter Sue Barker if he had fancied more Grand Slam finals, he replied: “Absolutely not, I’m so tired.
“Me and my team are all exhausted. I need a well-deserved vacation. I’m really happy with this result, the best of my career. Maybe one day I’ll be back.”
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