Djokovic had an early disability as Kyrgios got off to a fast start. But the 35-year-old fought his way back to winning his seventh Wimbledon title – he won in 2018, 2019 and 2021 after 2020 was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He is now a major slam title behind Rafael Nadal’s record of 22.
Then, Djokovic – who said Kyrgios was an “amazing talent” and that he would return to the Grand Slam final – said he had “lost words for what this tournament and this trophy meant to me”.
“He has always been and will always be the most special in my heart,” he told Sue Parker. “He motivated me to play at the little mountain resort and saw Pete Sampras win and ask my mum and dad to buy a racquet.” In central court holding the Wimbledon Cup.
“It was my first picture of tennis – every time it becomes more important and I’m happy to be standing here with the trophy.
“It’s the most special tennis court in the world and when you walk on the pristine grass it’s all about tennis, tennis and racquetball and it gets the most recognition in the world.”
The fight was one of the greatest fights against a maverick in tennis.
And under the blazing London sun, with no cloud in sight, it didn’t disappoint.
Despite playing in his first Grand Slam final, Kyrgios – who qualified for the final after Nadal withdrew due to injury – showed no signs of injury. Face the world does not. 3, his powerful sending has been booming from the start.
The pair exchanged advances at a brisk pace, showing both precision and superior skill to keep each other on their toes.
Halfway through the opening set, Kyrgios made his first big break. The Australian broke Djokovic’s serve method and, behind his nearly indomitable serve, clinched the first set to calm his nerves – if anything in reality.
Djokovic, playing in his 32nd Grand Slam final, was often less of a favorite than the players when he played at Wimbledon, often facing Nadal and Roger Federer, and it was the same during Sunday’s final.
Kyrgios’ unique style of play, including his occasional scream in his chest, captured the audience and it was the same for the final, with the 27-year-old receiving plenty of support.
However, in the second set, Djokovic slowly but surely found his feet.
He manages to extend rallies, using his skill and flexibility to stay in the game and eventually wear Kyrgios.
And in the fourth game of the set, Kyrgios broke to advance two games – the first time the Australian had broken in their three encounters.
Kyrgios struggled to stay in the set, taking three break points for Djokovic to settle the sets. But while some complained about his chest, he was unable to turn any of those, as Djokovic brought the game back to par.
The third group was the largest so far. With both players displaying powerful transmissions, they displayed high quality while exchanging matches.
Halfway through the set, Kyrgios began to display some of the rudeness that had plagued his career. Some noise from the audience between the first and second transmissions makes him complain about the referee. After the game was closed, Kyrgios picked up the TV microphone asking the referee to throw the offender.
“There is no other occasion bigger and they have done it again and it almost cost me the point,” he said angrily. “She drank out of her mind, so kick her out. I know exactly who she is—she’s the one who seems to have had about 700 drinks.”
In the next match, pressure began to appear to tell Kyrgios when Djokovic broke the 27-year-old, leading to an assessment in the direction of the penalty area in the break between matches.
While serving the set, Djokovic did nothing wrong, coming back from a set behind to grab the lead.
Near the end, Djokovic snapped and started turning the screw. But, despite being on new ground, Kyrgios remained resolute.
Nothing could separate the pair, as they were touring back and forth, eventually needing a tie-breaker to decide whether Kyrgios could force the final set or Djokovic would get his hands on the famous trophy again.
In the most stressful situation of the match so far, Djokovic’s experience showed when he was going big, and he didn’t give up as he captured an impressive seventh Wimbledon title.
Afterwards, Kyrgios was full of praise for Djokovic, despite their past differences, calling him “a bit of a god”.
However, when asked if reaching the Grand Slam final had left him hungry for more, Kyrgios was sympathetic.
“Absolutely not! I’m really tired honestly. Myself and my team, we’re all tired. We played a lot of tennis,” he told Sue Parker on center court.
“I’m really happy with this result and maybe one day I’ll be here again but I don’t know anything about that.”