For Sunday’s Wimbledon final: “Fireworks” and contrast in style

This is unprecedented and, frankly, unfair. Although the men’s and women’s tours made their move to mark their territory and try to head off future political bans, the points withdrawal was clearly more of a short-term blow to the players than to Wimbledon, which was full of crowds. after a lighter-than-usual first few days and continues to generate global hype. (Kyrgios against Djokovic will not hurt there.)

But it was also a Wimbledon full of weird twists and big disappointments: three leading men’s players, including Matteo Berrettini, withdrew after testing positive for coronavirus, and Nadal was unable to play his semi-final against Kyrgios and continue his search for the calendar. year-old Grand Slam tournament. One of the twists: Elena Rybakina, who was born and raised in Russia and often still trains there, made it to the women’s final and now represents Kazakhstan. Even the British government failed to complete the tournament, with British ministers resigning en masse before Prime Minister Boris Johnson got the hint.

However, Djokovic had to play his semi-final and the tension lasted no more than a set and a half on Friday before he found his flow against Britain’s Cameron Norrie and sped to the finish with a win, 2-6, 6. -3, 6-2, 6- four.

It was, as is often the case with Djokovic, two against one: Norrie and the fanatical Center Court crowd against Djokovic.

It was loud, often thunderous loud, in the early stages when Norrie took the lead, but it’s much less clear which way the crowd will go on Sunday. Kyrgios’ often confrontational approach and foul language in dialogue (and monologue) is against the rules usually adopted in the All England Club, whose crowd is aging, especially on Center Court.

Kyrgios, who leads the tournament in penalties, is also facing legal trouble. subpoenaed in Australia Aug. 2 in connection with a claim of assault by his ex-girlfriend. He refused to answer the accusations at Wimbledon, and on Friday, when his name was mentioned in an on-court interview with Djokovic, there was a flurry of applause followed by much louder boos.