Djokovic beats Kyrgios to win seventh Wimbledon title
LONDON – Novak Djokovic overcame early brilliance from Australian driver Nick Kyrgios to claim his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3) win on Center Court sunny on Sunday.
The 35-year-old Serb extended his unbeaten streak at Wimbledon to 28 games as he calmly took the initiative after being overshadowed in the opening set by serve dominated by Kyrgios.
When he won his seventh Wimbledon title, Djokovic brought his grand slam total to 21, one goal behind all-time record holder Rafa Nadal.
Playing in his first Grand Slam final, 27-year-old Kyrgios played some enticing tennis in the 31-minute opening set, in which Djokovic failed to get a point near his serve.
But Djokovic raised his level to break out early in the second set and took control as Kyrgios’ volatile temper began to boil over in the afternoon heat.
As Kyrgios dropped serve from 40-0 to 4-4 in the second set and Djokovic held steady to move a set from victory, the Australian seemed to almost lose control as he dashed into his box.
Kyrgios returned to focus in the fourth set, in which neither player saw a break point but his dream of becoming Australia’s first men’s Grand slam champion in 20 years went up in smoke when his match broken at tiebreak.
After Kyrgios hit a backhand into the net on Djokovic’s third match point, the top seed raised his hands in the air and, after shaking hands and pulling some weeds from the famous old court, became champion. Wimbledon men’s second oldest in the professional era. .
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