Novak Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon championship on Sunday, and made it four in a row.
The Serb lost the first set against upstart and temperamental Nick Kyrgios before taking the next three. The final scores were: 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) as Djokovic earned his 21st Grand Slam title.
“He’s a bit of a God,” Kyrgios said. “It’s been an amazing couple of weeks for me personally.
“Myself, my team we’re all exhausted. I definitely need a vacation. Maybe one day I’ll be back here again.”
Djokovic complimented his foe.
“Nick, you’ll be back,” the champ said. “You definitely showed you are one of the best players in the world. I wish you all the best. I really respect you a lot,. I think you are a phenomenal tennis player and athlete.
“I never thought I would say so many nice things about you … it’s officially a bromance.”
Djokovic had said the winner buys dinner and “that’s why he lost. Hopefully, this is the start of a wonderful relationship. Let’s start with dinner and drinks.”
Djokovic has one more Grand Slam title than Roger Federer and one less than Rafael Nadal.
“I lost words for what this tournament and trophy means to me, my team and my family,” Djokovic. “It has always been the tournament that motivated me to play tennis when I saw Pete Sampras win Wimbledon in 1992.
“This tournament has the most history in the world,” added Djokovic, who has not lost on Centre Court since 2013.
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Nadal had to withdraw from the tournament before a semifinal with Kyrgios due to a torn abdominal muscle.
Kyrgios played a strong match but the great Djokovic was simply too much for the Aussie to handle.
Nadal had won the first two majors of the year, the Australian Open and the French.
Up next is the US Open at the end of August and the beginning of September.
Djokovic’s status for the final major is uncertain due to COVID-19 vaccination rules in the USA. He also could be out of the Australian Open picture in 2023.
Of course, Kyrgios wasn’t about to leave without making a final fashion statement.
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