2022 Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic defeats Nick Kyrgios to win his 21st Grand Slam title

World Tennis Number one Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios to won a seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam crown on Sunday. 

Defending champion Djokovic won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to match Pete Sampras’s record of seven titles at the All England Club and move within one of Roger Federer’s record of eight titles.

As a result, the 35-year-old Serb is now one Slam ahead of Federer in the all-time race and one away from Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 majors.

Additionally, he is just the fourth man in the Open era to win four consecutive Wimbledon titles, following Federer, Sampras, and Bjorn Borg.

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Kyrgios yawned as the players made their way onto Centre Court at the All England Club.

However, Djokovic was blown off court by his 27-year-old opponent in his maiden Slam final, who played in a men’s record 32nd Slam final.

In the first set, Kyrgios broke in the fifth game and took the opener with his seventh ace.

Along the way, he showcased one underarm serve, a “tweener” and impeccable behaviour.

Djokovic, renowned as the best returner in the game and undefeated at the tournament since 2017, managed to win just four points off the Kyrgios serve.

It was the third match in a row at this Wimbledon that the 35-year-old had dropped the first set.

Djokovic won a lung-busting 23-shot rally in the third game of the second set and immediately broke for a 3-1 lead.

It was the cue for Kyrgios’s first dark mutterings of the afternoon.

Kyrgios then saw four break points slip away as Djokovic levelled the final by taking his first set off the Australian in three meetings.

World number 40 Kyrgios saved two break points in the opening game of the third set.

There was a brief stoppage in play when a protestor was ejected from the stadium for shouting ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ in reference to the welfare of the Chinese women’s tennis star.

Kyrgios was further unsettled when he demanded a fan be removed from the crowd for distracting him in his serve.

“It’s the woman who looks as if she’s had 700 drinks, bro” he told umpire Renaud Lichtenstein.

His afternoon threatened to unravel completely when he was broken from 40-0 up in the ninth game, fuming and swearing loudly at his team in the player’s box.

Djokovic, with only two unforced errors, happily pounced for a two sets-to-one lead.

As Kyrgios continued to remonstrate with himself and his supporters, Djokovic strolled to victory, wrapping up the title with a convincing tiebreak.

AFP

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