WIMBLEDON, England — Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios within the Wimbledon remaining Sunday to win his twenty first Grand Slam single title.
Djokovic seized management of the match late within the third set, then used his trademark mixture of energy and self-discipline to maintain Kyrgios at bay to win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
The victory gave Djokovic his seventh males’s singles title at Wimbledon and his fourth in a row. He secured the trophy he cherishes greater than some other in his twenty eighth consecutive win at Wimbledon, his thirty ninth consecutive win on Centre Courtroom and in his thirty second Grand Slam remaining.
Kyrgios, enjoying in his first Grand Slam remaining, was the higher participant early, outplaying Djokovic in each side of the sport. However as he so typically does, Djokovic found out the small methods he might get the perfect of the customarily erratic Australian on these important factors that resolve a tennis match as tight as this one.
These got here within the fourth-set tiebreaker, as Djokovic moaned his manner by the rallies and induced Kyrgios into 4 straight errors to take a 6-1 lead.
On his third match level, Djokovic pushed Kyrgios into the again of the courtroom and watched one final backhand hit the online. He raised his arms, and as he has so many instances earlier than, took a style of the Centre Courtroom grass in celebration.
Within the lengthy historical past of this match, there have been finals with extra storied champions and gamers much more beloved than Djokovic and Kyrgios, but it surely’s unlikely there has ever been one which introduced a larger distinction in types, in tennis résumés, in persona and even of their approaches to tennis and life.
Djokovic, 35, entered the match in search of his twenty first Grand Slam title, second solely to Rafael Nadal, who has 22. (Roger Federer, who will flip 41 subsequent month and is recovering from knee surgical procedure, has 20. Final week, he pledged to attempt to come again to Wimbledon for one final time.)
Kyrgios had by no means even made a Grand Slam semifinal till final week. He nonetheless has not performed in a single as a result of Nadal withdrew from the match with an stomach tear the day earlier than their semifinal match.
The ultimate introduced an irresistible-force-meets-immovable-object really feel to this prestigious championship. Djokovic was 10-1 in five-set matches at Wimbledon. Kyrgios had by no means misplaced one. Djokovic has a profitable file in opposition to practically each high participant, besides Kyrgios, who had not misplaced a set to him of their two matches.
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