Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios played an exhibition match in front of a packed Rod Laver Aren on Friday. They had great fun on the court, joined by two kids and wheelchair players. Asked about his decision to leave tennis if he wins a Major, Nick confirmed it again, saying he can not stay dedicated to regular training like the players from the top.
Kyrgios had a great run in 2022, focusing on his tennis and achieving a career-best result at Wimbledon. Nick reached the final when Rafael Nadal withdrew, facing Novak Djokovic in the title clash. Kyrgios had the upper hand over Djokovic in their first matches on the Tour, hoping for more in the cathedral of tennis.
The Aussie made a perfect start before the Serb restored the order and scored a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 victory in three hours and one minute for his seventh Wimbledon title. Novak saved five out of six break points and broke Nick for the first time in a career in the second set to launch his comeback.
Kyrgios made a perfect start in his first Major final and grabbed the opener 6-4 in swift 31 minutes. He broke Novak at 2-2 after the Serb's double fault and held after deuce in game ten with an ace down the T line. Novak pushed hard on the return at 2-1 in the second set and created three break points with a backhand crosscourt winner.
He seized the first after a lucky net cord winner for a massive 3-1 lead.
Nick Kyrgios will end his career if he wins a Major title.
Djokovic served for the set at 5-3 and found himself 40-0 behind. Novak stayed calm, denied four break points and fired a service winner on a set point to lock the result at 1-1 after 70 minutes and gain a boost.
Djokovic controlled the pace in set number three, losing six points behind the initial shot and securing a late break. The Aussie received a warning for swearing after being interrupted by someone from the crowd, but he still held and stayed in touch.
Djokovic created a break chance after Kyrgios' double fault at 4-4, and Nick netted a backhand to fall behind. Novak held at 30 in game ten to secure the set and move closer to the finish line. Both players served well in the fourth set's opening ten games and stayed neck and neck.
Kyrgios closed the 11th game with an ace, and Djokovic served to stay in the set for the second time. He produced another fine hold in game 12 to lock the result at 6-6 and introduce a tie break. Novak opened a 2-0 lead with a volley winner and grabbed two more mini-breaks for 4-1.
The Serb claimed an extended rally to earn five match points at 5-1. The Aussie saved the first with a forehand winner at the net and blasted his 30th ace for 3-6. Novak seized the third match point after the rival's backhand error to start a massive celebration of his 21st Major crown.
Djokovic and Kyrgios are in the same quarter in Melbourne and will set a blockbuster clash if they both score four wins.
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