Novak Djokovic now owns seven Wimbledon and 21 Grand Slam titles after beating Nick Kyrgios within the 2022 Wimbledon ultimate.
Novak Djokovic mentioned he would make good on his deal to purchase Nick Kyrgios drinks and dinner after beating the Australian to assert a fourth successive Wimbledon title and his seventh general.
The 35-year-old Serb stayed ice cool on a fiercely scorching Sunday afternoon at Wimbledon as he absorbed some early brilliance from maverick Kyrgios to return again from a set down and win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3).
The 27-year-old Australian Kyrgios, who lit up his first Grand Slam ultimate together with his distinctive mix of shot-making and self-talk, described Djokovic as a God after succumbing in an absorbing three-hour contest.
Within the build-up to the ultimate the gamers, who beforehand had a frosty relationship, had been all peace and concord with a deal being made for the winner to purchase dinner, though Kyrgios had urged they “go nuts in a membership”.
“I don’t know if we’re going to make it occur tonight or another evening,” a beaming Djokovic, who now owns seven Wimbledon and 21 Grand Slam titles, mentioned on court docket after his trademark celebration of consuming some blades of grass.
“It is a begin of an exquisite relationship between us off the court docket as effectively. I didn’t reply to the [nightclub invitation] as my spouse was sitting subsequent to me. Let’s begin with dinner and drinks and let’s see,” he mentioned.
Kyrgios pushed Djokovic arduous however couldn’t forestall the 35-year-old Serb from taking his first Grand Slam title for a 12 months – a vital dropped service sport late within the third set proving pricey ultimately for the world quantity 40.
“Congrats to you and your workforce for a tremendous event. I want you all the most effective man I actually actually respect you numerous,” Djokovic mentioned. “I believe you’re a phenomenal tennis participant and athlete and superb expertise,” he mentioned.
“I by no means thought I’m going to say so many good issues about you contemplating the connection. It’s formally a bromance,” he added.
Kyrgios, who fell in need of turning into the primary Australian man to win a Grand Slam for 20 years, mentioned he didn’t know whether or not he could be again in a Wimbledon ultimate, saying all he needed to do was have a trip.
“He’s a little bit of God, I’m not gonna lie,” Kyrgios mentioned of Djokovic.
“I believed I performed effectively. It’s been a tremendous couple of weeks for me personally. Actually pleased with this outcome, most likely the most effective of my profession and hopefully perhaps at some point I’ll be right here once more, however I don’t find out about that.”