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Wimbledon 2022: What the win means to Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Bengaluru, July 10: Novak Djokovic retained his Wimbledon crown with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) over Nick Kyrgios in the final at the Centre Court on Sunday.

It was the 35-year-old's, seventh Wimbledon title and fourth successive one at the All England Lawn Tennis Club courts as the Serb extended his winning streak at SW 19 to 28 matches.

Djokovic's seventh Wimbledon triumph draws him level with legendary American Pete Sampras' tally of singles trophies won.

Novak Djokovic prevails over Nick Kyrgios to win his seventh Wimbledon title; claims 21st Grand Slam trophyNovak Djokovic prevails over Nick Kyrgios to win his seventh Wimbledon title; claims 21st Grand Slam trophy

The Serb is now just one behind Roger Federer's record of eight Wimbledon triumphs, and one Grand Slam title behind Rafael Nadal's record of 22 major crowns.

It was Djokovic's first Tour-level win in three attempts against Kyrgios, who had never been beyond quarterfinals at a Grand Slam.

Despite frequent moments of trademark brilliance from one of the biggest showmen on the ATP Tour, Kyrgios was unable to resist pressure from Djokovic's high-class groundstrokes.

After some scintillating Kyrgios shotmaking took him to the opening set, Djokovic found his rhythm on return to take the upper hand in an intriguing clash of game styles.

Despite Kyrgios firing 30 aces in the 3hrs and 1min enocunter, the top seed broke his opponent at crucial moments in both the second and third sets before a nerveless showing in the fourth-set tie-break, his first of the tournament, sealed the victory.

As Djokovic savours his 7th Wimbledon crown, with OPTA inputs, looks at 10 key highlights of the victory and what it means to his overall career.

Djokovic and Kyrgios

1. It was Djokovic's 21st Grand Slam win as the Serb is now just only one behind Nadal's record of 22.

2. The seventh Wimbledon crown helped Djokovic draw level with Sampras as the tournament's second greatest winner - only behind Federer's eight.

3. Djokovic has now won 86 matches at Wimbledon, becoming the player with the second greatest number of triumphs at the All-England Club, one above Jimmy Connors (84) and only below Federer (105).

4. Djokovic has now won 13 of his last 14 Grand Slam matches when he lost the opening set (including quarterfinal, semifinal and final at Wimbledon 2022).

5. Djokovic is the male player with the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era (32), one more than Federer.

6. Djokovic becomes the sixth male player in the Open Era to reach four and more consecutive finals in Wimbledon after Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Sampras and Federer.

7. Djokovic is the second player in the Open Era with more than eight men's singles finals in Wimbledon, after Federer (12).

8. Djokovic is the third male player in the Open Era to reach the Championship match in Wimbledon after turning 35, along with Ken Rosewall (1970 and 1974) and Roger Federer (2017 and 2019).

9. Djokovic lost the opening set against Jannik Sinner in quarterfinals, Cameron Norrie in semifinals and Kyrgios in the finals, as he became the first player in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon title after having dropped the first set in quarterfinals, semifinals and final, and the first since Ted Schroeder in 1949.

10. It was his fourth consecutiive win at the grass-court major and seventh overall as he extended his winning streak at SW 19 to 28 matches.

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Story first published: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 22:15 [IST]
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