A much anticipated Final between Australian Nick Kyrgios up against one of the best to ever do it in Novak Djokovic. Can Kyrgios become the first Australian male to win a singles Grand Slam title since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002?.
Novak Djokovic v Nick Kyrgios
Incredibly, Novak Djokovic has not faced Nick Kyrgios since 2017 – and equally as incredible is the fact that the Serbian has never beaten the Australian in two meetings. Kyrgios actually hasn’t dropped a set against Djokovic who was world number 2 at the time, with a 7-6 7-5 win in the Quarter Final at Acapulco followed up a week later with a Round of 16 win at Indian Wells, 6-4 7-6.
This tournament hasn’t been as easy as Djokovic had hoped with a hard fought 5-set win over Jannik Sinner in the Quarter Final followed by dropping the opening set against Cameron Norrie in the Semi Final. Kyrgios on the other hand has had a rather comfortable run with a straight sets win over Christian Garin in the Quarter Final, and obviously not playing the Semi Final against Rafael Nadal.
Kyrgios’ grass court ability exceeds both Sinner and Norrie, and you get the impression he will be playing his shots in what could be his only opportunity in a Grand Slam Final. The serve will be instrumental to how deep he can take this match, but with Novak’s slow starts I expect Kyrgios to strike early in this match which will result in at least four sets.
We certainly cannot rule the Australian out from causing an upset in this – but it’s hard to overlook Novak’s record in Grand Slam Finals. He’s won the last three Wimbledons with six in total, and we’re yet to see Kyrgios’ temperament tested on the biggest stage of all. The Serbian should win but it will at least go to four sets, in which over 39.5 total games is the play.