Wimbledon: Djokovic defeats Kyrgios, lifts seventh title
Novak Djokovic dispatched Nick Kyrgios at the finals of the Wimbledon on Sunday, thus lifting his seventh career title at the All England Club and his 21st overall major, moving one shy of Rafael Nadal‘s men’s singled record.
The Serb overcame the powerful and controversial Greek to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in a final that he correctly predicted would include fireworks.
Djokovic's victory now means that he has tied childhood idol Pete Sampras at seven Wimbledon titles, which is one shy of Roger Federer‘s record.
Kyrgios, who had never been to a major semifinal before this tournament, did not keep up the torrid pace.
As Djokovic turned the momentum, Kyrgios began chirping at the umpire receiving an audible obscenity warning and his player box and grew frustrated that a female fan made noise during one service game.
Djokovic also lived up to his reputation, weathering Kyrgios’ early power and seizing the opportunities when the Aussie let up. He rallied from love-40 and 40-love deficits to win a game late in the second and third sets.
In the deciding tiebreak, Kyrgios made errors on three of his first four serve points of the fourth-set tiebreak, where Djokovic never trailed.
“I saw Pete Sampras win his first Wimbledon in ’92 [editor’s note: 1993], and I asked my dad and mom to buy me a racket,”
“It always has been and will be the most special tournament in my heart.” Djokovic said.