Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee was absolutely impressed by how Novak Djokovic was able to beat Nick Kyrgios in this year's Wimbledon. Kyrgios, 27, made his first Wimbledon final this year, while Djokovic was competing in his eighth final at The Championships.
Djokovic, who found himself down by a set, recovered to beat Kyrgios 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3). Even though Djokovic completed a big comeback victory, Kyrgios received lots of praise for the performance he delivered in the Wimbledon final as many felt that the Australian would have certainly won if he was playing anyone other than the Serb.
McNamee certainly agrees with that claim as he felt that "only one player could have beaten Kyrgios that day." "Wimbledon Final - only one player (and perhaps Lew Hoad) playing at his zenith, could have beaten @NickKyrgios that day.
Truly remarkable returning against the best serve in the sport," McNamee tweeted.
Wimbledon Final… only one player (and perhaps Lew Hoad) playing at his zenith, could have beaten @NickKyrgios that day… truly remarkable returning against the best serve in the sport — ðï¸ Paul McNamee (@PaulFMcNamee) November 29, 2022
Djokovic told Kyrgios he would return to a Grand Slam final
After winning his seventh Wimbledon title, Djokovic admitted that Kyrgios was a very difficult opponent.
Also, Djokovic encouraged Kyrgios to keep his head high because he would one day make another big Grand Slam run. “Nick, you’ll be back. Not just at Wimbledon, but in finals. I know it’s tough to find words of consolation after a tough loss like this, but you showed why you deserve to be one of the best players in the world, particularly on this surface.
Congrats to you and your team for an amazing tournament, I wish you all the best," Djokovic told Kyrgios on the court following the Wimbledon final. After Wimbledon, Kyrgios also enjoyed a strong US Open run. At Flushing Meadows, Kyrgios defeated defending champion Daniil Medvedev before suffering a surprise defeat to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinal.
Following his US Open exit, Kyrgios was evidently disappointed because he came to New York determined to win his first Grand Slam singles title. It remains to be seen if Kyrgios can win his first Grand Slam title at the 2023 Australian Open.