Novak Djokovic beats Nick Kyrgios to win Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic won his fourth in a row Wimbledon men’s singles titles by holding combustible Nick Kyrgios in four sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday.

It was the 21st Grand Slam for the Serbian star, one short of longtime leader Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic has won seven Wimbledon men’s singles championships, tied with Pete Sampras for second behind Roger Federer (eight).

Although it was Kyrgios’ first Grand Slam final, Djokovic has played in a record 32 of them and has not lost on center court since 2014. Sunday also marked his eighth wedding anniversary.

Kyrgios, the Australian with the best serve in the game, seemed to alternate between explosive shots and emotional outbursts, often chiding friends and family in the players’ box for not cheering him loudly enough. There were several tantrums throughout the match.

At one point, he demanded that the referee remove the fan, which distracted him while he tried to serve.

“She’s crazy drunk in the front row, talking to me in the middle of the game,” he said loudly enough for the TV cameras and everyone in the vicinity to hear. “The one in the dress. The one that looks like she drank about 700 drinks, bro!”

At No. 40, Kyrgios became the lowest-ranked Wimbledon finalist after his compatriot Mark Philippouzis reached the final at No. 1.48 in 2003. In the end, he lost to Federer.