Novak Djokovic beats Nick Kyrgios in 2022 Wimbledon final: scores, result, highlights
After a near-perfect first set, Nick Kyrgios lost the plot after arguing with his team and a fan he accused of having “700 drinks”.
The Wimbledon crowd were treated to the full Nick Kyrgios experience in the 2022 men’s final – but sadly for the Aussie there was more harm than good as he wasted a chance at immortality at the tennis.
After a near-perfect first set of tennis saw his dreams of hoisting the Wimbledon trophy dashed, the Aussie became a frustrated and distracted mess in the second and third sets.
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He kept fighting to force a tiebreaker in the fourth set before collapsing as Novak Djokovic won his 21st Grand Slam 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6.
Kyrgios looked more than Djokovic could handle in the opening set, but ended up being another defeated foe as the Serb grabbed his seventh Wimbledon title.
“He’s a bit of a god, I’m not going to lie. I think I played well,” Kyrgios said on the pitch after receiving the second plate.
When asked if the race to the final made him want to start again, Kyrgios replied: “Absolutely not, I’m so tired. Me, my team, I think we’re all exhausted… Maybe that one day I’ll still be here, but I don’t know.
But in a nice moment, Djokovic then spoke up and said, “Nick, you’ll be back.”
Kyrgios again appeared to shoot himself in the foot while being distracted by people in the crowd. He regularly yelled at his own team and demanded that a female fan – who accused him of being “crazy drunk” – be kicked out.
Kyrgios was asked about the rowdy spectator during his post-match press conference, saying she repeatedly spoke to him between points and adding “that’s when maybe you need to tell him give water or take it out”.
A reporter added: “You might find it interesting, but since she said she had two drinks and was supporting you from the start. What do you think?
A stunned Kyrgios replied: “That doesn’t mean it’s OK to start talking to Nick Kyrgios, who is playing a Wimbledon final, in the middle of the point. Why are you trying to make it OK? What?”
‘Stunning p***’ catch in stunning first set
If Kyrgios does nothing else in his tennis career, he can always look back on the opening set of the 2022 Wimbledon final and smile.
The Australian produced one of the most stunning tennis displays ever seen on center court to snatch the opener from Djokovic. And oh did he do it in style.
Second serve ace, underarm serves, interpolations, a shot where he swapped the racket from his right hand to the left – Kyrgios showed his bag full of tricks to leave the crowd stunned.
Djokovic was in shock. The Serb double-faulted to spit the crucial game five break and then featured as Kyrgios rained bomb after bomb on him.
There were several matches where the best returner in the history of men’s tennis couldn’t earn even a single point, so good was Kyrgios’ precision, power and variety.
The stage seemed set for Kyrgios to become the first Australian man to win a Grand Slam since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.
“Say something !” : Kyrgios loses ground in the second set
Djokovic fought back after losing the first two sets of his quarter-final and the first set of his semi-final, so it was no surprise to see him broken early in the second set.
Kyrgios had shown his first signs of turmoil when changing sides after Game 3, tweeting on his player box to wonder why he had to ask them to back him.
He followed up that complaint by playing an ordinary game to fall behind 3-1 as Djokovic looked to level the game.
Kyrgios was still breaking through on Djokovic’s serve but couldn’t get to a breaking point as the second set started to slip away at 5-2.
But all of a sudden, there were three.
The Canberra native got the crowd on their feet by chasing a cushioning from Djokovic and heading a winner through the net as he was left with three break points at 0-40.
But he blew all three – and a fourth after the game went to two – as unforced errors took their toll.
Kyrgios reached boiling point with his side, standing tall and shouting at them after every point as Djokovic equalized the game.
“Say something!” he roared. “It’s 0-40. Good God! It’s 0-40!
“Drunk in spirit”: the explosions continue in the third set
The outbursts continued into the third set as Kyrgios demanded a spectator be ejected from the stands after holding serve in the fifth game.
The Aussie told the chair umpire a fan shouted twice between her first and second serves.
“Distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final,” pleaded Kyrgios. “There is no greater opportunity. You didn’t believe me. And she did it again. It almost cost me the game.
“Why is she still here? She’s drunk in the front row, talking to me in the middle of a game. What is acceptable? Nothing is acceptable? So get her out!”
He was asked to name it.
“I know exactly which one it is,” Kyrgios told the chair umpire. “She’s the one that looks like she’s had about 700 drinks, mate.”
The sinking continued in the ninth game as Kyrgios lost a 40-0 advantage to give up serve. He double faulted at two before hitting a backhand halfway through the net to give the Serb a 5-4 lead.
This led to another outburst in his team for their apparent inability to continue supporting him appropriately.
“Why are you stopping? 40-0, 40-15 and you relax! Why?” he shouted at them.
Djokovic wasn’t exactly in top form on the other side of the net but kept his composure to serve the set.
The match tightens in the fourth set
Kyrgios continued to struggle as he looked to extend the game, but Djokovic began to take his game to a new level.
The Serb committed just one unforced error in the first eight games of the fourth set to give Kyrgios no chance for a break.
The Aussie went on to do enough on serve to force a tiebreaker, but hit error after error to spit the game.