TENNIS

“I had a chance to beat Novak Djokovic, but I missed it”

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Nick Kyrgios made a rocky start to his Wimbledon campaign, beating Paul Jubb in five sets after three hours. After that, the Aussie raised his level to become one of the contenders, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas and beating Brandon Nakashima to stay on course for the title.

Nick knocked down Cristian Garin to advance to his first major semi-final of his career and faced Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard pulled out due to injury and Kyrgios found himself in the first major final against six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.

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The Australian tried his best to defeat the strongest rival possible, but the Serb used his experience and prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in three hours. Djokovic started all over again after the first set and defended five out of six break chances to keep the pressure on the other side.

He broke Nick for the first time in his career in the second set and kept everything under control in the third to take the lead. There was no break chance in the fourth set, and the defending champion claimed it in the tie-break to seal the deal and lift Wimbledon’s seventh trophy.

Kyrgios praised Djokovic’s mental toughness and his ability to compete at a high level throughout the game. The Aussie felt he had his chances for a better result but there was little he could do after dropping most of the crucial points.

Nick got off to a perfect start in his first major final and won the opener 6-4 in a quick 31 minutes. Both players served over 70% and returns claimed 12 points in ten games. Nick caught seven and converted them into the desired break that carried him forward.

He beat Novak at 2-2 after the Serbian double faulted and held after two in game ten with an ace on the T-line for 6-4. Novak pushed hard on the return at 2-1 in the second set and created three break points with a crosscourt backhand winner.

He grabbed first after a lucky net winner for a massive 3-1 lead.

Nick Kyrgios has praised Novak Djokovic after the Wimbledon final.

Both players produced comfortable holds in the next three service games, and Djokovic served for the set at 5-3.

Suddenly he found himself 40-0 behind after a few loose shots. Novak stayed calm and denied four break points to extend the game. He returned a service winner on a set point to lock in the overall result after 70 minutes.

With a boost from his side, Djokovic controlled the pace in the third set, falling six points behind the initial shot and securing a late break to take the lead. Nick lost ground a bit in Game 3 and dropped two game points to bring Novak down to two.

The Aussie fired two booming serves to bring the game home and stay on the positive side. The Serb served well in the fourth game and clinched it with a service winner for 2-2. Like previous service games, Kyrgios squandered a 40-15 lead in game five before wrapping up after a deuce for another advantage.

The Australian received a warning for swearing after being interrupted by someone from the crowd, but he still held on and kept in touch. Djokovic served well in games six and eight to keep the pressure on the other side. He created a break chance after Kyrgios double faulted at 4-4, and Nick scored a backhand to go behind.

Novak held at 30 in game ten to wrap up the set and edge closer to the finish line. Both players served well in the first ten games of the fourth set and gave no chance for returns. Kyrgios closed the 11th game with an ace, and Djokovic served to stay in the set for the second time.

He produced another great hold to lock the result at 6-6 and introduce a tie break, a must for Nick. It was Novak’s first tiebreaker at Wimbledon this year, and he opened a 2-0 lead with a volley winner.

Djokovic grabbed two more mini-breaks for a 4-1 advantage and claimed an extended rally to earn five match points at 5-1. The Aussie saved the first with a forehand winner at the net and fired his 30th ace for 3-6. Novak grabbed the third match point after the rival’s backhand error to kick off a massive celebration of the 21st Major crown.

“I’m very disappointed. Going into the final there’s always a bit of anxiety about how it will turn out and if you’re worthy of being there. I felt the trophy was achievable today. today, especially after getting hold of the Positioner opening.

Novak is very calm, although I thought he didn’t do anything special today. His return was of a very high standard and he did everything right in the crucial moments. Novak never looks shaken, and that’s his greatest strength.

He is entirely in him throughout the meeting. He played big but not too aggressive. It was a hell of a game. I served well and put myself in a position to beat him. Still, I couldn’t play the clutch points well,” Nick Kyrgios said.

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