Fixture: (1) Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios
Date: July 10, 2022.
Timing of matches: About 4:00 p.m. local / 3:00 p.m. CET / 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. IST
Tournament: Wimbledon 2022
Venue: Wimbledon, London, UK.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize money: £40,350,000
Live broadcast: United States – ESPN and tennis channel | Canada – TSN | United Kingdom – BBC and Eurosport | India – Star Sports & Disney+ Hotstar app.
Preview of Novak Djokovic vs. Nick Kyrgios
Novak Djokovic will face Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final on Sunday. The Serb has won 22 out of 27 matches so far this season, having won the Italian Open without dropping a single set.
Djokovic entered Wimbledon as the top seed and started the tournament with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Soon-woo Kwon. He then picked up straight-set wins over Thanasi Kokkinakis (6-1, 6-4, 6-2) and 25th seed Miomir Kecmanovic (6-0, 6-3, 6-4) to reach fourth round.
Here, the Serb beat Dutch joker Tim van Rijthoven 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to set up a quarter-final clash against Jannik Sinner.
The Italian won the first two sets 7-5, 6-2 but Djokovic made a fine comeback to win the next three sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and book his place in the semi-finals. Here he came back from a set down to beat Cameron Norrie 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to reach his eighth Wimbledon final.
Kyrgios has won 21 out of 27 matches so far this season and his best run has come at Wimbledon. The Australian had a tough start to the tournament as he had to defeat Paul Jubb in five sets in the first round.
He beat 26th seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a third round clash against fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Kyrgios came back from a set down to beat the Greek 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7).
The 27th seed survived a fourth-round scare from Brandon Nakashima (4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2) to reach his third Grand Slam quarter-final . Here he beat Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(5) to seal his place in the semi-finals.
Kyrgios was expected to face Rafael Nadal in the last four but the Spaniard pulled out of the match with an abdominal injury. The 27-year-old thus reached his first Grand Slam final.
Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios head-to-head
Kyrgios is a perfect 2-0 against Djokovic, winning his two previous encounters. The two horns locked for the first time in the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open in 2017, with the Australian winning 7-6(9), 7-5.
Later that year, Kyrgios and Djokovic met in the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters and the Aussie won 6-4, 7-6(3).
If Djokovic wins, he will become just the third man to win seven or more Wimbledon crowns, joining Pete Sampras (7) and Roger Federer (8). Kyrgios’ victory would see him become Australia’s first Grand Slam singles champion since Lleyton Hewitt won the Major on grass 20 years ago in 2002.
Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios odds
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Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios Prediction
Djokovic will enter the game as the favorite to win but Kyrgios is capable of giving the Serbian a hard time.
The Serb’s serve, groundstrokes, return play and ground coverage are all very good, but his mentality is a key weapon. We’ve seen that bail him out before and we’ve seen him dig deep and come out on top in a few matches at Wimbledon as well.
Djokovic lost two sets against Jannik Sinner but came back in the match to win it. He also came from behind to beat Cameron Norrie in four sets. So, even if the 35-year-old looks like he’s in a position where he could lose, he could very well find a way back into the game.
In recent games, Djokovic has been slow to find his rhythm in games and that’s something Kyrgios can take advantage of. Of course, the Australian will have to maintain his intensity in order to keep the pressure on his opponent.
Kyrgios’ serve is among the best around, but he will be put to the test as he faces one of the greatest returners of all time in Novak Djokovic. The Aussie can upset the 35-year-old but he’ll need to stay consistent to have a good chance of upsetting the Serb.
While Djokovic can be beaten, mentally he will have the edge over Kyrgios and that could see him lift his seventh Wimbledon crown at the end of the match.
Take: Djokovic won in four sets.