Novak Djokovic beats Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon final to claim 21st Grand Slam title

Djokovic beat Kyrgios 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) at Centre Court to lift the Wimbledon Open title.

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Djokovic beat Kyrgios 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) at Centre Court to lift the Wimbledon Open title.

Novak Djokovic has been crowned a seventh time Wimbledon champion after defeating Nick Kyrgios at Centre Court.

Kyrgios had claimed the first set of the Wimbledon men’s singles final of the Wimbledon men’s singles final against defending champion Djokovic, but Djokovic was not to be denied at SW19.

Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over Nick Kyrgios in The Final of the Gentlemen's Singles on day fourteen of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over Nick Kyrgios in The Final of the Gentlemen's Singles on day fourteen of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

Despite starting off on the back foot, Djokovic showed his class, partly thanks to Kyrgios increasingly losing his cool, getting a code violation for swearing, and other errors including a double fault.

However, First-time finalist Kyrgios did not let the occasion stop him showboating, either; he did a trademark underarm serve in his first service game and later a ‘tweener’ volley through his legs.

Kyrgios then dropped serve from 40-0 up at 4-4 in the second set which Djokovic held to move a set from victory.

Nick Kyrgios reacts during The Final of the Gentlemen's Singles against Novak Djokovic on day fourteen of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios reacts during The Final of the Gentlemen's Singles against Novak Djokovic on day fourteen of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

The Serb also saved three break points as he served out to win his first set against Kyrgios in their third meeting and claiming his 21st Grand Slam title.

Djokovic is now level with Roger Federer on 21 titles, just below record-holder Rafael Nadal on 22 Grand Slam titles.

The match between Kyrgios and Djokovic was not without its fair share of on-field (or on-court) drama.

A Where Is Peng Shuai? protester was kicked out of Centre Court by security after trying to shout and hold up a banner from the stands during the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.

Drew Pavlou, 27, tried to enter the stands during the match between Australian Nick Kyrgios and top seed Novak Djokovic.

Kyrgios could be seen turning around in confusion as Mr Pavlou shouted from high up in the stand before promptly being bundled out by security.

Mr Pavlou, who led the Where Is Peng Shuai campaign at the Australian Open and flew to the UK to share the message at Wimbledon, claimed they said to him: “You’re going to be arrested now.”

The former Wimbledon doubles champion disappeared from public view last year after she accused a senior Chinese official of sexual assault in November 2021.

“Drunk out of her mind”

Despite being the Fans’ favourite, Nick Kyrgios got angered about a fan distracting him during the Wimbledon final.

In an argument with umpire Renaud Lichtenstein, he referred to a woman he believed to be drunk and said:

“I know what one it is. It’s the one in the dress who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks