Djokovic beats Kyrgios to take fourth successive Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic now owns 21 Grand Slam titles, including seven Wimbledon trophies, after beating Nick Kyrgios in the final.

Novak Djokovic (left) at the net with Nick Kyrgios after winning the men’s final at Wimbledon on July 10, 2022 [Susan Mullane, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters]

Novak Djokovic said he would make good on his deal to buy Nick Kyrgios drinks and dinner after beating the Australian to claim a fourth successive Wimbledon title and his seventh overall.

The 35-year-old Serb stayed ice-cool on a fiercely hot Sunday afternoon at Wimbledon as he absorbed some early brilliance from maverick Kyrgios to come back from a set down and win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3).

Kyrgios, 27, who lit up his first Grand Slam final with his unique blend of shot-making and self-talk, described Djokovic as a God after succumbing in an absorbing three-hour contest.

In the build-up to the final, the players, who previously had a frosty relationship, were all peace and harmony with a deal being made for the winner to buy dinner, although Kyrgios had suggested they “go nuts in a club”.

“I don’t know if we’re going to make it happen tonight or some other night,” a beaming Djokovic, who now owns 21 Grand Slam titles, including seven Wimbledon trophies, said on court after his trademark celebration of eating some blades of grass.

“This is a start of a wonderful relationship between us off the court as well. I didn’t respond to the [nightclub invitation] as my wife was sitting next to me. Let’s start with dinner and drinks and let’s see,” he said.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the men's singles final against Australia's Nick Kyrgios on July 10, 2022 [Matthew Childs/Reuter
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the men’s singles final against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios on July 10, 2022 [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Kyrgios pushed Djokovic hard but could not prevent the 35-year-old Serb from taking his first Grand Slam title for a year – a crucial dropped service game late in the third set proving costly in the end for the world number 40.

“Congrats to you and your team for an amazing tournament. I wish you all the best man I really really respect you a lot,” Djokovic said. “I think you are a phenomenal tennis player and athlete and amazing talent,” he said.

“I never thought I’m going to say so many nice things about you considering the relationship. It’s officially a bromance,” he added.

Kyrgios, who fell short of becoming the first Australian man to win a Grand Slam for 20 years, said he did not know whether he would be back in a Wimbledon final, saying all he wanted to do was have a vacation.

“He’s a bit of God, I’m not gonna lie,” Kyrgios said of Djokovic.

“I thought I played well. It’s been an amazing couple of weeks for me personally. Really happy with this result, probably the best of my career and hopefully maybe one day I’ll be here again, but I don’t know about that.”

Source: Reuters