Novak Djokovic claimed the seventh Wimbledon title over Nick Kyrgios, beating the Aussie 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 after three hours. Kyrgios gave his best to challenge the more experienced rival in his first Major final, but he could take only one set, propelling Djokovic toward the 21st Major crown.
Thus, Novak stands only one Major title behind Rafael Nadal and one Wimbledon crown from the Open era leader Roger Federer. Novak defended five out of six break chances and grabbed two breaks in sets two and three to move closer to the finish line.
The Serb stayed calm in the fourth set's tie break to seal the deal and lift the trophy, his fourth in a row at Wimbledon. Nick played on a high level in the opener to win it 6-4 in 31 minutes. Kyrgios controlled his strokes and emotions and made a difference with a single break.
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. The Aussie stayed focused from the first until the last game, firing 14 winners and four unforced errors and making an impressive start in his Major final debut.
Both players served well in the opening four service games, with Nick holding at love with a booming serve in the fourth to follow the rival's pace. Kyrgios passed Djokovic at the net for two break chances in game five and converted the second after Novak's double fault for a 3-2 advantage.
Nick held at love in the next two service games to build a 5-3 lead and keep the pressure on Novak. The Aussie held after deuce in game ten with an ace down the T line for 6-4 and a boost. The Serb raised his level in the second set and broke the rival for the first time to level the overall score and gain confidence.
They both had more winners than unforced errors, and Djokovic tamed his strokes more efficiently to emerge at the top. Novak pushed hard on the return at 2-1 and created three break points with a backhand crosscourt winner.
Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the Wimbledon final.
He seized the first after a lucky net cord winner for a massive 3-1 lead. Nick reached deuce on the return in the next one with a smash winner before spraying a backhand error to hand the game to Novak.
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 all three break points to reach deuce.
Nick earned the fourth break opportunity, and Novak saved it to avoid an upset. The Serb 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.
He lost six points behind the initial shot and grabbed a late break to build the advantage and move closer to the finish line. The Serb landed 14 winners and two unforced errors, and the Aussie failed to follow that pace. Nick sprayed a forehand error in the first game and faced a break point.
He saved it with a brave attack and a volley winner at the net before Novak earned the second break chance. Kyrgios denied it with a touchy half-volley winner and brought the game home. 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, Nick 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 and waited for a chance on the return.
He created it after Kyrgios' double fault at 4-4, and Nick netted a backhand to fall 5-4 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, with nothing for the returners to work on.
Kyrgios closed the 11th game with an ace and opened a 6-5 advantage. Djokovic served to stay in the set for the second time in game 12 and produced another fine hold to lock the result at 6-6 and introduce a tie break, a must-winning one for Nick.
It's Novak's first tie break at Wimbledon this year, and he opened a 2-0 lead with a volley winner. Djokovic grabbed two more mini-breaks for a 4-1 advantage. The Serb claimed an extended rally to earn five match points at 6-1, and the Aussie saved the first with a forehand winner at the net. Nick's 30th ace brought him back to 3-6 before Novak seized the third match point after the rival's backhand error.
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