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Novak Djokovic Beats Nick Kyrgios To Claim Seventh Wimbledon Title

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Novak Djokovic Beats Nick Kyrgios To Claim Seventh Wimbledon Title

Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios in four sets to claim his seventh men's singles Wimbledon title, and his 21st grand slam overall.

On a blistering hot day in south London, it was Djokovic who came out on top in an entertaining match between the sports most controversial players, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

Kyrgios started the match the better of the two players and took the first set, with just the one break of serve, in the fifth game, but his opponent came back in typical fashion.

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Djokovic took the second set 6-3, although there was again only one break of serve and the Australian continued to be a thorn in his rival's side.

The pair were pretty even in the third set, which was interrupted by a fan shouting out 'where is Peng Shuai' in the middle of a point.

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But the Serb was able to break serve in the ninth game of the set, after the Australian was leading the game 40-0, and having lost the game, Kyrgios began losing his head.

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The hot headed Australian Open men's doubles champion started arguing with the umpire and shouting at his player's box, and asked for one woman to be removed.

The well shared opinion on social media was that, with the third set lost, Kyrgios had no chance of winning the match and would soon crumble.

However, the 27-year-old was able to go blow for blow with his opponent throughout the next 12 games and took it to a tie break at six games all.

Kyrgios, who has been charged for assaulting his former girlfriend, began the 'breaker' by serving a double fault, handing Djokovic a mini break straight away, but he gave it back on his second point on serve, only for the Aussie to once again hand it back straight away.

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From there Djokovic picked up a second break and never looked back, finishing the match off by winning the tie break 7-3, and collecting a fourth Wimbledon title in-a-row.

It has not been an easy year for the former world number one, after the shambles surrounding his deportation from Australia before the Australian Open.

He had to watch on as rival Rafael Nadal went ahead of him on grand slams, winning in Melbourne after an incredible comeback from injury.

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Djokovic then lost his number one ranking and saw Nadal win the French Open, beating the Serb en route, to make it 22 slam titles.

Kyrgios had only once previously gone as far as the quarter finals at Wimbledon, back in 2014. Image: Alamy
Kyrgios had only once previously gone as far as the quarter finals at Wimbledon, back in 2014. Image: Alamy

He will not be able to compete at the US Open later this summer, as he continues to decide against getting vaccinated against Covid 19.

The seven time champion and his opponent on Sunday have not always seen eye to eye but Kyrgios backed his rival over his deportation back in January.

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The pair also shared a bet ahead of the final, which means that Djokovic will be paying for their dinner when they go out in the near future.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Wimbledon, Tennis, Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios

Ryan Sidle
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