Novak Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title Sunday, defeating Australian star Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the final. Djokovic has won the 21st Grand Slam title, moving past Roger Federer to finish one behind Rafael Nadal for the record.
Novak Djokovic dismissed Australian Nick Kyrgios to claim his fourth straight Wimbledon, seventh career title at All England Club, and his 21st Grand Slam title overall, moving within a game of Rafael Nadal’s record for the men’s singles. Djokovic used his consistent excellence to defeat Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) on Sunday.
With Novak Djokovic serving to tie the match at a set apiece, however, Nick Kyrgios stepped up his game to set up four break points, but the top-seeded player saved all of them and converted his opening set point to send the Australian into an upset. After Australian wunderkind Nick Kyrgios’s backhand hit the net for Novak Djokovic’s third game point, the top seed raised his arms skywards, then, shaking hands, bent over to pull a patch of grass out of a sun-drenched Centre Court, becoming only the second-oldest male Wimbledon Champion in the Professional Era.
It started with a serve from an underhand, between-the-legs throw in a first set that was otherwise sublime (both points won by Novak Djokovic), in which Australian Nick Kyrgios won 15 straight points from his serve, hitting 14 winners against just four unforced errors. With the victory, top-seeded Novak Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak at Wimbledon to 28 matches and won his fourth straight title at the All England Club in the process. During the opening weeks of the grass-court Grand Slam, Nick Kyrgios played his usual role as a pampered villain, but as his run got deeper, the 27-year-old showed far more composed demeanor in reaching the biggest tournament of his career.
There were two especially pivotal moments on Sunday which went the way of Novak Djokovic, and Nick Kyrgios was not about to let up when he started engaging in running monologues, yelling at himself or his entourage (which did not include a staff trainer), finding reasons to disagree with the chairman umpire (and earning himself a warning for swearing), and throwing his water bottle.
“Every single time, it gets more and more meaningful and special,” the top-seeded Djokovic said.
“It always has been and will be, the most special tournament in my heart. The one that motivated me and inspired me to start playing tennis in a small little mountain resort in Serbia.” He extended his unbeaten run at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament to 28 matches and raised his career haul to 21 major trophies, breaking a tie with Roger Federer and moving just one behind Rafael Nadal’s 22 for the most in the history of men’s tennis.
That’s the Wimbledon singles competition finished for another year!
There are still two trophies to be decided – the women’s doubles and the men’s quad wheelchair doubles featuring GB’s Andy Lapthorne, which you can watch live.