Wednesday, April 17

Djokovic tames fiery Kyrgios to win his seventh Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic underlined his recent dominance at Wimbledon with a composed and controlled fightback against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios to win a fourth consecutive men’s singles title on Sunday.

According to the BBC, Serbia’s Djokovic, 35, lost the first set after some superb serving from Kyrgios, but ended up winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) on Centre Court.

It is Djokovic’s seventh seventh wimbledon title and only Roger Federer has more. The victory has taken his Grand Slam title count to 21 – one spot behind Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 men’s majors.

Top seed Djokovic made a slower start than his 27-year-old opponent, who initially seemed nerveless in his first Grand Slam singles final. But the Serb did not lose belief as he showed all of his experience and nous to turn the match around, BBC reported.

Losing his winning position began to irritate Kyrgios, who is known for his fiery temperament as well as his exciting tennis.

While Kyrgios increasingly remonstrated with his support team, Djokovic remained cool in the heat of the battle on a scorching Centre Court.

After clinching victory with his third match point, Djokovic dropped to his haunches and picked a blade of the Centre Court grass to eat in what has now become a customary celebration.

By lifting the Challenge Cup once again, Djokovic drew level with his childhood idol Pete Sampras in the all-time winners list and is now just one shy of Swiss Roger Federer’s record eight Wimbledon titles, Reuters reported.

After finishing 2021 one win short of a rare calendar-year Grand Slam, Djokovic’s season has not panned out exactly as he would have envisaged after being deported from Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open and losing to Nadal in the French Open quarter-finals, the news agency added.

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