Nick Kyrgios: 'I had a chance to beat Novak Djokovic, but I missed it'



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Nick Kyrgios: 'I had a chance to beat Novak Djokovic, but I missed it'

Nick Kyrgios made a rough start to his Wimbledon campaign, defeating Paul Jubb in five sets after three hours. After that, the Aussie raised his level to become one of the contenders, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas and prevailing over Brandon Nakashima to remain on the title course.

Nick toppled Cristian Garin to advance into his first Major semi-final in a career and set the clash against Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard withdrew due to an injury, and Kyrgios found himself in the first Major final against the six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.

The Aussie gave his best to overpower the strongest possible rival, but the Serb used his experience and prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in three hours. Djokovic started all over after the opening set and defended five out of six break chances to keep the pressure on the other side.

He broke Nick for the first time in a career in the second set and kept everything under control in the third to build the advantage. There were no break chances in the fourth set, and the defending champion claimed it in the tie break to seal the deal and lift the seventh Wimbledon trophy.

Kyrgios praised Djokovic's mental strength and the ability to compete at a high level throughout the match. The Aussie felt he had his chances for a better result, but he could not do much after losing most of the crucial points.

Nick made a perfect start in his first Major final and claimed the opener 6-4 in swift 31 minutes. Both players served over 70%, and the returners claimed 12 points in ten games. Nick grabbed seven and converted them into the desired break that carried him in front.

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 for 6-4. 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 praised Novak Djokovic after the Wimbledon final.

Both players produced comfortable holds in the next three service games, and Djokovic served for the set at 5-3.

Suddenly, he found himself 40-0 behind after a couple of loose strokes. Novak stayed calm and denied four break points to prolong the game. He fired a service winner on a set point to lock the overall result after 70 minutes.

With a boost on his side, Djokovic controlled the pace in set number three, losing six points behind the initial shot and securing a late break to build the advantage. Nick lost the ground a bit in game three and wasted two game points to bring Novak back to deuce.

The Aussie fired two booming serves to get the game home and remain on the positive side. The Serb served well in game four and clinched it with a service winner for 2-2. Like the previous service games, Kyrgios squandered a 40-15 lead in game five before wrapping it up after a deuce for another advantage.

The Aussie received a warning for swearing after being interrupted by someone from the crowd, but he still held and stayed in touch. Djokovic served well in games six and eight to keep the pressure on the other side. He 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 wrap up the set and move closer to the finish line. Both players served well in the fourth set's opening ten games and gave the returners no chances. 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 to lock the result at 6-6 and introduce a tie break, a must-winning one for Nick. It was Novak's first tie break at this year's Wimbledon, and he opened a 2-0 lead with a volley winner. Djokovic grabbed two more mini-breaks for a 4-1 advantage and 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 fired his 30th ace for 3-6. Novak seized the third match point after the rival's backhand error to start a massive celebration of the 21st Major crown. "I'm very disappointed.

Going into the final, there's always a bit of anxiety about how it will play out and if you are worthy of being there. I felt the trophy was achievable today, especially after I took a stranglehold on the opening set. Novak is very composed, although I thought he did not do anything special today.

His return was on a very high level, and he did everything right in the crucial moments. Novak never looks rattled, and that's his biggest strength. He is entirely within himself throughout the encounter. He played big but not overaggressive.

It was a hell of a match. I served well and put myself in a position to beat him. Still, I could not play the clutch points well," Nick Kyrgios said.