Novak Djokovic won for the seventh time in his career on the pitch of the All England Club and claimed his 21st Slam by beating Nick Kyrgios. The Serb did not start the match in the best way and allowed the Australian to take the lead by committing a painful double fault in the fifth game.
Kyrgios was flawless on his serve until 2-1 in the second game, when he lost his serve. Djokovic didn't let the opportunity slip away and, canceling four break points in the ninth game, leveled the score. In the third game, specifically at 4-4, Kyrgios literally threw what looked like an easy serve overboard and offered Djokovic the chance to serve for the set.
The Serb had the last word in the fourth set tie-break. A tie-break that dominated from the first point. After all the controversy that surrounded the case in Australia, Djokovic has returned to the track and will be able to celebrate a success with a special flavor with his whole family.
"It's unbelievable. I wouldn't know what words to use to explain how I feel right now. I've said it many times. This tournament is very special to me because it was the first one I saw when I was a kid. Seeing the players perform on the grass at Wimbledon inspired me to realize my dream of being a tennis player," Djokovic explained at the press conference.
"Every victory in this tournament is different. Winning with my whole family and the people around me is beautiful."
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"When you reach certain heights, you're a multiple Slam winner, you feel good, you want to keep going, you constantly want to improve, you want to see how far you can go as a tennis player really," said Novak Djokovic.
He explained that it's his love for the game that motivates him to train for hours at the gym, play with his son Stefan or take on Kyrgios in a Wimbledon final. "At the end of the day, I really love the sport. I am very passionate about being out on the practice court, and I don't mind training hours and hours, and playing with my son, with my sparring partner or with Nick Kyrgios in the final at Wimbledon.
I just love hitting the tennis ball. I have achieved the most weeks at no. 1 last year. So I felt like I was not chasing that any more. So I can focus all my attention to the big matches. ... As a professional tennis player, in terms of goals, biggest tournaments, Grand Slams motivate me the most."