Novak Djokovic withstood the early brilliance of Australian showman Nick Kyrgios to secure a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) win on a sun-drenched Center Court on Saturday. Sunday.
The 35-year-old Serbian extended his Wimbledon unbeaten streak to 28 matches and took the initiative in stride after being upstaged in a first set dominated by Kyrgios’ serve.
In claiming a seventh Wimbledon crown, Djokovic took his Grand Slam haul to 21, one behind all-time men’s record holder Rafa Nadal.
Playing in his first Grand Slam final, the 27-year-old Kyrgios played brilliant tennis in a 31-minute first set in which Djokovic was unable to get close to his serve.
But Djokovic raised his level to come out of nowhere early in the second set and began to take control as Kyrgios’ volatile temper began to boil in the afternoon heat.
When Kyrgios dropped serve 40-0 at 4-4 in the second set and Djokovic held on to pull away a set from victory, the Aussie seemed on the verge of losing control as he ranted with his box.
Kyrgios refocused in a fourth set in which neither player saw a break point, but his dream of becoming Australia’s first Grand Slam men’s champion in 20 years evaporated when his game fell apart in the tiebreak.
After a Kyrgios backhand hit the net on Djokovic’s third match point, the top seed raised his arms to the sky and, after shaking hands, bent down to tear up some grass from the famous old court that he had become the second-oldest men’s Wimbledon champion in the professional era. .