Novak Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title on Sunday with a four-set victory over Nick Kyrgios, whose challenge angrily collapsed after a blistering start.
Top-seeded Djokovic won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to equal Pete Sampras’ mark of seven All England titles and move into one of eight men’s records. Roger Federer.
The 35-year-old Serb is now one Slam ahead of Federer in the all-time race and just one behind Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 majors.
He is also the fourth person in the Open Era to win four consecutive Wimbledon titles after Federer, Sampras and Bjorn Borg.
Kyrgios was seen yawning at the top of the All England Club stairs as the players made their way to center court.
But when the final began, there was no apathy as Djokovic, who had played in a record 32nd men’s Slam final, was blown off the court by his 27-year-old opponent who made his first bow.
Kyrgios raced through the first set, breaking into game five and winning game one with his seventh ace of the competition.
Along the way, he demonstrated one underarm serve, a “tweener” and impeccable behavior.
Djokovic, known as the best comeback in the game and undefeated in the tournament since 2017, managed to win just four points from Kyrgios’ serve.
It was the third consecutive match at this Wimbledon that the 35-year-old lost the first set.
Djokovic won a devastating 23-shot rally in the third game of the second set to immediately take a 3-1 lead.
It was the signal for Kyrgios’s first grim mumbling of the afternoon.
Kyrgios then lost four break points as Djokovic equalized by winning his first set against the Australian in three bouts.
World number 40 Kyrgios saved two break points in the first game of the third set.
The game was briefly stopped when a protester was ejected from the stage for shouting “Where is Peng Shuai?” in connection with the well-being of the Chinese women’s tennis star.
Kyrgios was even more excited when he demanded that a fan be removed from the crowd for distracting him during the serve.
“That’s a woman who looks like she’s had 700 drinks, bro,” he told Judge Renaud Lichtenstein.
His day threatened to be completely ruined when he lost 40-0 in the ninth game, angry and loudly berating his team in the game box.
Djokovic, having made just two unforced errors, gleefully took the lead and took the lead two sets to one.
As Kyrgios continued to exhort himself and his supporters, Djokovic was on his way to victory, ending the title with a convincing tiebreak.