A year he was waiting for his 21st Grand Slam title. A long wait, on the scale of Novak Djokovic. The Serb was hoping to lift it at the US Open in September 2021, to complete a calendar Grand Slam that was ultimately denied to him in the final. Australia refused the former unvaccinated world No. 1 outright. At Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal, his last rival in this race for the record, blocked his way in the quarter-finals and took the opportunity to win his 22nd Major. It was therefore at Wimbledon, where he was three-time defending champion, that the Serb returned to a breath of the Spaniard by beating Nick Kyrgios in the final (4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 ).
Djokovic won his 28th straight victory at Wimbledon on Sunday by beating Kyrgios.
Faced with the unpredictable Kyrgios, for the first time at such a Grand Slam party, Djokovic had the experience for him, but probably more pressure than his opponent, from whom he had not taken a set during their two only previous duels (Acapulco and Indian Wells in 2017). The start of the game continued the series since the Serb gave up this first round marked by the dazzling inspirations of the 40th player in the world. On the menu, an ace on second at 200km / h, a magnificent amortized backhand followed by an equally sublime passing or a nice backhand volley.
Kyrgios gradually got annoyed
The strengths of the Australian answered from the start, with an unassailable service and a backhand that kept pace, and even a little more, against that of Djokovic. The Serb was the first to give up his serve with an ill-advised double fault on the second opportunity (at 2-2) and Kyrgios held the advantage until the end, concluding this controlled set with an ace. What followed was less clear for him and more assertive for the world No. 3, who began by marking his territory by winning two long-distance rallies, including one after an incredible backhand duel and then finding his rhythm. in return with four first restarts at 2-1 and a white break made on his first opportunity.
Nick Kyrgios had the best start in this final. (P. Lahalle/The Team)
Kyrgios stayed in after this short absence which cost him dearly. He even thought he would come back in this set at 5-3. He led 0-40 on Djokovic’s serve, but reaped his chances with a return into the net, an out of bounds and a backhand into the net, leaving the Serb to come back to score. A cry in the audience rang out in this crucial game and it pissed him off. He started talking a lot on the court. The time to land on his chair, Kyrgios did not lose his temper. He came back to deliver the best, a decisive underarm serve on break point, and just past the worst, with an obscenity warning. In question, a lady in the public apparently a little too drunk and vehement against him.
Seventh title at Wimbledon
Faced with this surge of energy, both positive and negative waves, “Nole” kept an all-terrain calm, sure of his strength once he found the key in return for service. Kyrgios led 40-0 to 4-4 in the third set, but the Serb still went for the break to the great annoyance of his rival, accusing his clan, suspected of lack of investment in encouragement. The Australian did try to calm down afterwards, but Djokovic was too much in his rhythm and in his zones to let go of his prey and he won the third act.
Novak Djokovic after his final victory at Wimbledon. (P. Lahalle/The Team)
He just had to wait a little longer before making the decision in the fourth set, since the two men explained themselves at the tie-break. But this time, Kyrgios was really gone and he gave up his last weapons without really trying to defend himself until the end. Djokovic could savor it. The former No. 1 will be No. 7 on Monday when the ATP rankings are published due to the lack of points at this Wimbledon. But the important thing is elsewhere for the Serb, who won a seventh title on Sunday on the English turf.