Novak Djokovic has played and won a gripping Wimbledon final and in doing so made it his seventh title at the All England Lawn Tennis Club which equals Pete Sampras and William Renshaw from the late nineteenth century and leave him one behind Roger Federer. It is his fourth Championship in a row which makes him only the fourth man in the open era to achieve that, joining Sampras, Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg.
On top of those stats, Djokovic had won his 21st career major which puts him one ahead of Federer and one behind Rafa Nadal. And it was his 88th career title.
In three hours one minute Novak Djokovic, in a men’s record 32nd major final, won Wimbledon, he defeated first time finalist at the majors, Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.
“Obviously over the moon with joy and happiness of experiencing this moment once again,” Djokovic said. “I've said it many times, this tournament is extra special for me because it has been the first tournament that I've ever watched as a kid that got me to start playing tennis.
“I don't take any wins for granted, and particularly not in Wimbledon. In contrary, actually every time feels a bit different, special in its own way. Of course, having family and close people in my life here to share this victory with them, it was beautiful.”
It was a tight match, and it was a gripping match with a terrific atmosphere and a Royal Box that was full and included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their young son Prince George.
Kyrgios certainly had a number of chances and quite probably the turning point of the match was the tail end of the second set. Djokovic was serving at 5-3 when Kyrgios has 0/40 and eventually a total of four break points. He did not convert any and Djokovic wasted no time. The Australian was gutted and angry and it played on his mind. Novak knew that was the case and his confidence and the nerves he admitted having also left.
Still for Kyrgios this was a huge experience; his first major final and it made him feel that he belongs.
“Today I felt like it was two completely different players,” Kyrgios said. “I'm not supposed to be a Wimbledon finalist, like where I'm from, everything I've been through. Like, I just feel ridiculous to be here talking as a Wimbledon finalist.
“I feel like we have a bit of a good relationship now. And I'm honored to go out there and battle with the best. Like, this is just the example, like, anything's possible really. Someone like me able to go out there and give Novak Djokovic, keep him out there for three hours in a Wimbledon final, it's pretty cool.
“Obviously very disappointed. I felt like, you know, to get to the final, there's always a bit of anxiety of how it's going to play out, if you kind of feel worthy to be there. I felt like the trophy was definitely attainable today.”
The doubles title went to Aussies Matt Ebden and Max Purcell who have become known as the M&M’s. This was only the fourth major they were playing together and earlier this year they were finalists at the Australian Open and now they are Wimbledon champions.
They defeated second seed Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.