Novak Djokovic beats Nick Kyrgios to win Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic won his fourth straight Wimbledon title in men’s singles, holding off the combustible Nick Kyrgios in four sets 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) on Sunday.

It was the 21st Grand Slam championship for the Serbian star, just one behind all-time leader Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic has won seven Wimbledon men’s singles championships and is tied with Pete Sampras for second place behind Roger Federer (eight).

While this was the first Grand Slam final for Kyrgios, Djokovic has featured in a record 32 of them and has not been beaten on Center Court since 2014. Sunday also happened to be his eighth wedding anniversary.

Kyrgios, an Australian with the best serve in the game, seemed to alternate explosive shots and emotional outbursts, and frequently chided friends and family in the players’ box for not cheering him on loud enough. There were several tantrums throughout the game.

At one point he urged the referee to have a fan removed for distracting him on serve.

“She’s standing in the front row completely drunk and talking to me in the middle of the game,” he said loudly enough for the TV cameras and everyone nearby to hear. “The one with the dress. The one who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks bro!”

Ranked 40th, Kyrgios was the lowest-ranked men’s Wimbledon finalist since compatriot Mark Philippousis reached the final in 2003 in No. 48. In the end he lost to Federer.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2022-07-10/novak-djokovic-wins-wimbledon-title-beats-nick-kyrgios Novak Djokovic beats Nick Kyrgios to win Wimbledon title

Emma Bowman

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