Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios faces Novak Djokovic For Men’s Title

On Sunday, Nick Kyrgios will meet Novak Djokovic in a final set that will include spectacular shotmaking interrupted by potential severe mood swings. He might become one of Wimbledon’s most contentious victors. After a career-long roller coaster, the unconventional Australian fan favourite plays in his maiden Slam final at 27.

Temperamental outbursts, altercations with players, officials, and media members, as well as penalties that he previously claimed would have cost him $500,000, have occurred.

The Daily Telegraph questioned if Rafael Nadal’s injury-induced retirement, which allowed him a free entry into Sunday’s final, represented “Wimbledon’s worst nightmare.”

At the All England Club, Kyrgios has drawn large crowds on and off the court.

His relentless effort has resulted in a tournament-best 120 aces, 292 wins, and the second-fastest serve of 137 mph (220 kph), all while only being broken six times.

However, he also received an additional $14,000 in penalties, spat in the direction of spectators, and was compared to a bully by third-round opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas.

He will now have the additional distraction of a court appearance in Australia relating to an assault accusation next month.

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I never imagined I’d be here at all, the 27-year-old stated.

“I’m simply really pleased and I’m all set to go. What more is there to do after you are able to lift a Grand Slam trophy, kind of?”

No of the outcome of Sunday’s match, according to Kyrgios, he has already proven his many critics wrong.

“There have only ever been eight winners of this championship since I was born, only eight. Just my best effort will be put out.”

Two guys who have seldom agreed to disagree will face off in the final.

During the epidemic, Djokovic organized his disastrous Adria Tour, and Kyrgios criticized him for “lacking leadership and humility.”

‘Bromance’

He once called the Serbian winning celebrations after matches “cringeworthy.”

On the court, I don’t have much regard for him, to be honest, Djokovic said last year.

Kyrgios made a 180-degree reversal when he became one of the few athletes to back Djokovic in his Australia deportation story in January due to his coronavirus vaccination status.

On Friday, Kyrgios added, “We certainly have a little bit of a bromance going on now, which is odd.

“We now communicate with one another through Instagram’s direct messages. He said, “Hopefully, I’ll see you Sunday” earlier in the week.”

Kyrgios has defeated Djokovic twice in 2017—in Acapulco and Indian Wells—and did it without losing a set.

After Boris Becker in 1985 and Goran Ivanisevic in 2001, he would become only the third unseeded player to win the Cup if he prevailed on Sunday.

In his ninth Wimbledon championship game, Djokovic.

He is vying for his seventh championship to tie Pete Sampras’ record and move one title behind Roger Federer’s eight-title haul for men.

With a win, he would have won 21 Grand Slams, one more than Federer and one less than Nadal.

Djokovic acknowledges that he has grown to like Kyrgios but refrained from saying they had reached the “bromance” stage.

We certainly get along better now than we probably did in January of this year, added Djokovic.

“He was one of the few players that openly backed me and stuck with me when things were extremely rough for me in Australia. And I appreciate that. Because of it, I admire him.

For playing “lights-out every time he goes out onto the court,” Kyrgios received plaudits from Djokovic.

Against a player whose previous best Slam results were quarterfinal appearances at Wimbledon in 2014 and the Australian Open in 2015, he thinks his experience might be essential.

“But he excels in important games. He has always played his best tennis against the top players. We all have respect for him since we are aware of his creative potential.”

He has so much potential, so I’m happy he’s in the final.