ATP Wimbledon - DRAW: Novak Djokovic sets Nick Kyrgios re-match

Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic leads the draw at this year's Wimbledon

by Jovica Ilic
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ATP Wimbledon - DRAW: Novak Djokovic sets Nick Kyrgios re-match

The 136th edition of Wimbledon starts on Monday, with 128 players chasing a Major title and ultimate tennis glory. A four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic is a player to beat, experiencing his last Wimbledon loss in 2017 and pursuing the record-equaling eighth singles trophy.

Carlos Alcaraz is the top seed, winning the Queen's crown and passing Novak on the ATP throne ahead of Wimbledon. There's little to separate them, and whoever goes further will be world no. 1 after Wimbledon. Alcaraz faces Jeremy Chardy and Arthur Rinderknech in the opening two rounds and will have to play at his best to avoid an early setback, barely beating Rinderknech at Queen's.

Nicolas Jarry, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Sonego and Alex de Minaur are also in that part of the draw, and only one player can reach the quarter-final! Frances Tiafoe, Holger Rune or Grigor Dimitrov will await the winner from that group in the last eight, with a nice chance for all of them to reach the semi-final.

Daniil Medvedev could meet Adrian Mannarino in the second round in the second quarter. Milos Raonic, Ben Shelton, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Cameron Norrie, Sebastian Korda and Andy Murray are also in contention, and we should get some great matches right from the opening round.

Jannik Sinner, Taylor Fritz and Casper Ruud are the top seeds in the third quarter, with the struggling Denis Shapovalov seeking a good result at well. A seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic leads the fourth quarter with an easy path toward the fourth round, where he could meet Lorenzo Musetti.

The Serb should battle against Nick Kyrgios, Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime and the last year's finalist Nick Kyrgios for a place in the semi-final. We should expect Novak there if he brings his best tennis. Novak met Nick in the last year's final and scored a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 triumph, moving one title behind Roger Federer.

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.

Novak Djokovic is the top favorite at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios made a perfect start in his first Major final and grabbed the opener 6-4 in swift 31 minutes.

Novak pushed hard on the return at 2-1 in the second set and seized the first break chance after a lucky net cord winner for a massive 3-1 lead. Djokovic served for the set at 5-3 and found himself 40-0 behind. He stayed calm and defended four break chances, wrapping up the set and leveling the overall score after 70 minutes.

Djokovic controlled the pace in set number three, losing six points behind the initial shot and hoping for more return chances. He created a break point 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. There were no return chances in the fourth set, and they introduced a tie break, a must-winning one for Kyrgios. 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 in the sixth point to earn five match points. The Aussie saved the first with a forehand winner at the net and fired his 30th ace for 3-6. Novak seized the third match point after the rival's backhand error to secure his 21st Major crown and the fourth at consecutive Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic Nick Kyrgios Carlos Alcaraz
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