Djokovic defeated Kyrgios to win his seventh Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic was waiting. He waited for Nick Kyrgios to lose focus and lose track. Waiting to find the right reading of his enemy's big serve. Waiting until his own level increases the occasion.

Djokovic is not bothered by deficits in games, sets, matches. He doesn't mind solving problems. And at Wimbledon, for quite some time, he was undefeated.

Djokovic used his steady momentum to beat Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday for his fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship and seventh overall.

Top seed Djokovic is unbeaten in 28 matches at grass-court Grand Slam tournaments and has increased his career tally to 21 major trophies, breaking a tie with Roger Federer and just one behind Rafael Nadal's 22 for the most in history. Men's Tennis.

Among men, only Federer has won more titles at Wimbledon than Djokovic, with eight. In the professional era, only Federer was older (by less than a year) than the 35-year-old Djokovic when he won at the All England Club.

A sun-drenched afternoon followed his comeback in the quarterfinals, when Djokovic erased a two-set deficit against No. 10 seed Janic Ciner, and in the semifinals, when No. 9 Cam Norrie took the opening set. Djokovic dropped the opening set in the title match at Wimbledon last year. In the 2019 final, he dropped two championship points against Federer.

There were two key moments in particular that went Djokovic's way on Sunday, which Kyrgios didn't let go when he began to sing solo, yelling at himself or members of his team (which does not include a full-time coach) (whom he found reason to disagree with). ) chair umpire (and earning a warning for cursing) and chugging a water bottle.

In the second set, with Djokovic serving at 5-3, Kyrgios found himself at love-40 – a trio of break points. But Kyrgios played a few casual returns and Djokovic eventually held. And then, in the third set, with Kyrgios serving at 4-all, 40-love, he again let a seemingly sealed game slip away, where Djokovic broke.

The 40th-ranked Kyrgios was trying to become the first unseeded men's champion at Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. Ivanisevic is now Djokovic's coach and was in the center court guest box for the match.

Kyrgios is a 27-year-old Australian who has never reached the quarterfinals in 29 previous Grand Slam appearances — and last made it 7 1/2 years ago.

In some ways, he stole the show on Sunday. He tried to shoot himself in the leg. Hit something with his back to the net. Pounded served 136 miles per hour and hit 30 aces. An underarm serve is used, followed by a fake

Reporting by the Associated Press

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