Djokovic was at the start of the deficit as Kyrgios got off to a fast start. But the experienced 35-year-old fought his way back to win his seventh Wimbledon title – having won in 2018, 2019 and 2021 after 2020 was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He is now one Grand Slam title behind the record set by Rafael Nadal (22).
Subsequently, Djokovic, who called Kyrgios “an amazing talent” and that he would return to the Grand Slam final, said he was “at a loss for words about what this tournament and this trophy means to me.”
“It has always been and will always be the most special thing in my heart. It motivated me to play at my little mountain resort, I saw Pete Sampras win and I asked my mom and dad to buy me a racquet,” he told Sue Barker. on Center Court with the Wimbledon Cup.
“It was my first image of tennis – every time it becomes more and more significant, and I am happy to stand here with a trophy.
“It’s the most special tennis court in the world, and when you walk on pristine grass and everything is so geared towards tennis, the ball and the racquet for the players, it gets the most recognition in the world.”
It was a battle of one of the greatest tennis players against a maverick tennis player.
And under the scorching London sun, with not a cloud in sight, it didn’t disappoint.
Despite playing in his first Grand Slam final, Kyrgios, who reached the final after Nadal pulled out with an injury, showed absolutely no sign of awe. Facing the world No. 3, his powerful delivery thundered from the start.
The pair exchanged rallies at a fast pace, both demonstrating the highest accuracy and ability to keep each other on their toes.
In the middle of the first set, Kyrgios made the first big break. The Aussie interrupted Djokovic’s serve and won the first set behind his almost irretrievable serve to calm his nerves – if they really were.
Djokovic, who played in his 32nd Grand Slam final, was often the least favorite of the players when he played at Wimbledon, often clashing with Nadal and Roger Federer, and the same was true during Sunday’s final.
Kyrgios’ unique playing style, including tweeting into the box from time to time, caught the attention of spectators, and it was the same in the final when the 27-year-old got a lot of support.
However, in the second set, Djokovic slowly but surely rose to his feet.
He managed to extend the plays by using his agility and stamina to stay in the game and eventually put Kyrgios on.
And in the fourth game of the set, he pulled out Kyrgios and took the lead by two games – for the first time in their three meetings, he broke the Australian.
Kyrgios fought to stay in the set, earning three break points when Djokovic filed to equalize. But despite some complaints about his box, he failed to convert any of them as Djokovic brought the game back to parity.
The third set was by far the most equal. Since both players were showing strong serves, they showed the highest quality in the exchange of games.
In the middle of the set, Kyrgios began to show some irritability that poisoned his career. Some crowd noise between the first and second innings causes him to complain to the referee. After the end of the game, Kyrgios got into the microphone of the TV and asked the referee to expel the violator.
“There is no other bigger case and they did it again and it almost cost me a point,” he raged. “She drank herself unconscious, so kick her out. I know exactly who it is – she looks like she drank about 700 drinks.
In the next game, the pressure began to take its toll on Kyrgios as Djokovic broke the 27-year-old, resulting in a blow to his box at halftime.
And, submitting to the set, Djokovic was not mistaken, returning from the set and taking the lead.
Seeing the end, Djokovic fixed himself and began to tighten the screw. But despite the fact that he was in a new land, Kyrgios stood firm.
Nothing could separate this pair, they went back and forth, and in the end they needed a tie-break to decide if Kyrgios could force the final set or Djokovic would get his hands on the famous trophy again.
Djokovic’s experience showed that in the most intense situation of the match, he pulled ahead without giving up, winning an outstanding seventh Wimbledon title.
Subsequently, Kyrgios praised Djokovic despite their past differences, calling him “a bit of a god”.
However, when asked if his first Grand Slam final performance left him hungry for more, Kyrgios was blunt.
“Absolutely not! To be honest, I’m so tired. Me, my team, we’re all tired. We played so much tennis,” he told Sue Barker on Center Court.
“I am very pleased with this result and maybe one day I will be here again, but I don’t know about it.”