Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios will meet for the first time at the All England Club – and the third time overall – in Sunday’s Wimbledon final. Kyrgios has won their previous meetings (both in 2017) without dropping a set and without dropping serve.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Djokovic carries a winning edge over the Australian, who will contest his first major final at the Wimbledon center court.
While Djokovic will be the favourite to win a seventh Wimbledon title, he has only faced Kyrgios twice in his career and lost both times. As a result, he is aware of how unpredictable Kyrgios, the world’s number 40, can be.
Earlier, Novak Djokovic came back from a set down in the titanic semi-final clash on Centre Court on Friday,to beat Cameron Norrie 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 to reach his eighth Wimbledon final. The Serb, who is one step away from bagging his fourth successive title win at the All England Club was booed by the Centre Court crowd after he blew a kiss towards them following his win against Norrie.
Just before serving out for victory against ninth seeded Norrie, someone in the crowd shouted out at Djokovic and the Serb, after winning the point and the match, turned back and blew a kiss at that section of the crowd. The act did not go down well with the Centre Court crowd as they launched into a chorus of boos.
Novak Djokovic considers Kyrgios a tough player to beat
After winning his semi final match Djokovic expressed his views about his Wimbledon final opponent Kyrgios and said “In a way it’s a surprise because his ranking. So maybe not too many people are giving him big chances to reach the finals,” Djokovic told reporters after beating Norrie in four sets to extend his winning sequence at Wimbledon to 27 matches. “But I think between us players, we always know how dangerous he is, on grass particularly, because of his game, because of his attitude on the court being so confident, just going for it, being a very complete player.
“If you see his career, the best tennis he’s played is always against the top guys. That’s why we all respect him, because we know what he can come up with. “So it’s also not surprise for me that he’s there.
Noteworthy Novak Djokovic & Nick Kyrgios Fast Facts
2017 Indian Wells R16, hard, Kyrgios d. Djokovic 6-4, 7-6(3)
2017 Acapulco QF, hard, Kyrgios d. Djokovic 7-6(9), 7-5
What time is the Wimbledon men’s and women’s singles final?
The Wimbledon men’s singles final will take place at 2pm BST / 3pm CEST / 9am EDT on Sunday 10 June. While The Wimbledon women’s singles final between Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur will take place at 2pm BST / 3pm CEST / 9am EDT on Saturday 9 June.
The men’s and women’s champions will both earn £2,000,000.