Novak Djokovic wins seventh Wimbledon as Nick Kyrgios unravels
Novak Djokovic won his 21st major tournament and his fourth consecutive championship at Wimbledon on Sunday, beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
This is the seventh time Djokovic has won Wimbledon.
Djokovic, who also won the tournament in 2018, 2019 and 2021 (he was not played in 2020), took control of the final as Kyrgios began to unravel in the third set, demanding that a fan be retired, speaking to his box and being assessed a warning. Cool and collected, Djokovic broke his serve to take a 2-1 lead in sets.
Kyrgios didn’t bend easily in the fourth as both players held serve throughout the set. Djokovic eventually prevailed in a tie-break, 7-3, which saw Kyrgios once again display open frustration.
Djokovic, whose US Open status is unclear due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 shot, was in danger of going a calendar year without a major win for the first time since 2017. He didn’t not allowed to play in Australia. Open and was expelled from the country due to his unvaccinated status, then lost in the French Open quarter-finals to Rafael Nadal.
The win on grass puts him one major behind Nadal on the all-time list, and one ahead of Roger Federer, who is aiming to return from injury in the fall.