Nice words towards each other at the end of the match, chats and laughter on the net at the end of the battle, and jokes through social profiles. At this point, Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios have left behind their period of great rivalry and have become "great" friends.
A fair match between the two players during the Wimbledon final, in which the Serbian managed to come out on top. The Australian analyzed the loss at a press conference and expressed several interesting reflections, including that of the former world number one: "When I won the first set, people thought it was not my first Grand Slam final.
I knew how to handle that pressure well", he said earlier about the match. The 27-year-old spoke again about the two previous matches he won with the Belgrade player in 2017 and commented on the differences: "In the two previous matches it was the best of three sets.
At best of five, against tennis players like Novak, Rafa or even Roger, you feel like if you win the first set you still have to climb Mount Everest to beat them. With a maximum of three sets it is a bit easier. I think if I had played the tie-break better, I would have had a chance to win the set and it would have extended the challenge a bit more.
I started to feel better physically when the match was ending."
Djokovic is cautiously optimistic
"All the bad things that happened went through my mind and when I sat on the chair, I just felt huge relief, because emotionally I have been constantly stressed out, like never before in my life – not solely because of what happened in Australia, but because of what followed me afterwards in relation with that, lots of negative comments and provocations from various people," Novak Djokovic said.
For all these reasons, he revealed that this particular title at SW19 is all the more special to him, since it comes with the added benefit of much-needed relief. "But I am happy to say that I do not carry that emotional burden for some time now, even more so with this victory.
I feel relieved," Djokovic said. "I have had a lot of moments like these in my career and I am grateful for that, but somehow this trophy after everything I went through in Australia [was special]." At the same time, he declared that his attitude towards tennis wouldn't change in any way, as he would still look to keep adding to his tally as best as he could.
"I don't take anything for granted, and every victory is like my first, especially at the Grand Slams - because it is the pinnacle of tennis and the achievement of goals as a player," Djokovic said. "Performance-wise, anything I win from now on is kind of a bonus, although I don't necessarily look at things that way.
I am very dedicated and devoted to this sport, and completely in love with the whole process."