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But the Serbian’s own predictable brilliance proved a class apart, sealing a fourth successive Wimbledon title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 victory to extend his unbeaten run on Centre Court to nine years.
With such statistics, on paper it seemed beforehand that Kyrgios as a first-time Grand Slam finalist against Djokovic playing for the 32nd time in one of the four majors had no chance.
But during a high-quality match which, at times, promised to turn into an all-time classic, he pushed the 21-time Grand Slam throughout four sets tighter than the scoreline suggested.
It pitted the two apparent villains of men’s tennis against each other and former foes who bizarrely had bonded over Kyrgios’ support for Djokovic amid vilification over his Covid vaccination status and right to be in Australia at the start of the year.
Djokovic’s ability to change the tempo in his favour allied with Kyrgios own demons – he remonstrated with his box, a spectator and an umpire – turned the match in his favour. One wonders what might have been had the Australian simply let his tennis do the talking as in the first set.
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Report on Djokovic’s latest Wimbledon triumph
17:53 , Matt Verri
Nick Kyrgios was the anomaly, one of the few players Novak Djokovic had never beaten. And there was belief his unpredictability could make him the disruptor of Djokovic’s remarkable Wimbledon record, writes Matt Majendie.
But the Serbian’s own predictable brilliance proved a class apart, sealing a fourth successive Wimbledon title and seventh in all with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 victory to extend his unbeaten run on Centre Court to nine years.
With such statistics, on paper it seemed beforehand that Kyrgios as a first-time Grand Slam finalist against Djokovic playing for the 32nd time in a final of one of the four majors had no chance.
But during a high-quality match which, at times, threatened to turn into an all-time classic, he pushed the 21-time Grand Slam throughout four sets tighter than the scoreline suggested.
It pitted the two apparent villains of men’s tennis against each other and former foes who bizarrely had bonded over Kyrgios’ support for Djokovic amid the vilification over his Covid vaccination status and right to be in Australia at the start of the year. Of the villains, it was Kyrgios who had marginally the better of the crowd support.
Dinner on the cards?
17:45 , Matt Verri
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Djokovic closes in on Nadal
17:32 , Matt Verri
So that’s seven Wimbledon titles for Djokovic, 21 Grand Slam to his name in total.
That’s moved him one ahead of Roger Federer, and just one behind Rafael Nadal who holds the record for men’s singles Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic’s unvaccinated status puts his participation in the next two Grand Slams, the US Open later this summer and then the Australian Open at the start of next year, in serious doubt, so it’s uncertain when he will next get the chance to add to his tally.
Never a dull moment...
17:29 , Matt Verri
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17:26 , Matt Verri
“Nick, you’ll be back. Not just in Wimbledon but in many finals.
“I never thought I’m going to say so many nice things about you, considering the relationship.
“OK, it’s officially a bromance!”
Kyrgios not keen to return!
17:22 , Matt Verri
Nick Kyrgios with a brutally honest response as he’s asked if this has inspired him to try and reach more Grand Slam finals.
He said: “Absolutely not, I’m so tired. Myself and my team, we’re all exhausted. I definitely need a well-earned vacation.
“Maybe one day I’ll be here again, but I don’t know about that.”
Djokovic does it again on Centre Court
17:19 , Matt Verri
Bit more of a reaction from Djokovic this afternoon than we had from Rybakina yesterday, though still not wild celebrations.
He’s pretty used to winning here - nine years since he tasted defeat on Centre Court.
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Seven-time champion at SW19!
17:14 , Matt Verri
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Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 Kyrgios
17:11 , Matt Verri
GAME, SET, MATCH!
Novak Djokovic is the Wimbledon champion once more!
17:10 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios again blinks first in the rally. Backhand sails long. 6-1 Djokovic and he is on the verge of a seventh Wimbledon title.
Not yet for Djokovic. First serve out wide from Kyrgios and he puts away the forehand at the net. 6-2. Ace out wide, 6-3.
Match points now on his own serve for Djokovic.
17:08 , Matt Verri
Oh Nick. Goes for a 123mph second serve and it’s out. Challenge from Kyrgios, it was out though. Djokovic with the mini-break straight away. Kyrgios goes for the forehand pass, Djokovic quickly cuts off the space and puts the volley away. 2-0.
Back on serve now! Djokovic slaps a forehand into the net, Kyrgios right back in it. Trails 2-1 but has two serves to come.
Long rally, Kyrgios stays in it but then the forehand is pretty wild. 3-1 Djokovic, who has a mini-break again. Backhand is wide from Kyrgios, 4-1 down now. Big trouble. Djokovic three points away from victory.
Kyrgios goes for a massive forehand down the line, nets it. 5-1 Djokovic at the changeover.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-6 Kyrgios
17:02 , Matt Verri
Slice is a long way out from Djokovic, who once again is serving to extend the fourth set. Kyrgios stretches everything to reach that forehand, can only slice into the net. 15-15.
Winner from Djokovic but he then goes long again, 30-30. Kyrgios’ box jumps up. The Australian gets a second serve to attack, shanks it. Not the time for that.
Kyrgios then finds the net. We’re going to a tie-break!
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 *5-6 Kyrgios
16:57 , Matt Verri
Challenge from Kyrgios, will be an ace if he’s right. He’s wrong. Again he moves up to the net but again the backhand is too from Djokovic and Kyrgios can’t do anything with it. Holds his nerve nicely with that smash though, 30-15.
Deceptive grunt from Kyrgios, winds up for a huge forehand and then slices a drop shot over the net. Djokovic gets there but sends the forehand wide.
First serve called out, Kyrgios unhappy with that but then doesn’t challenge. Content with just complaining for a bit. Mood isn’t helped when his forehand lands just out next point. 40-30. Kyrgios reluctant to use his last challenge.
Ace out wide, Kyrgios will have at least a tie-break in this fourth set!
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 5-5* Kyrgios
16:52 , Matt Verri
Djokovic serving to stay in this fourth set.
Double fault gives Kyrgios a boost straight away. The Australian moves forward, can’t keep the volley in play as Djokovic hammers a backhand crosscourt. 15-15. Kyrgios unable to keep the pressure on though, tame slice falls low into the net. Letting Djokovic off the hook.
Ace out wide from the Serbian, smile from Kyrgios. Fourth set is level again.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 *4-5 Kyrgios
16:47 , Matt Verri
Ace to kick things off for Kyrgios, before the backhand return from Djokovic lands just wide. Wasn’t far away from being a perfect pass.
That is perfect - outrageous from Djokovic! Briefly wrong-footed by the Kyrgios volley, chases it down and somehow flicks it crosscourt past the Australian. 30-15. Trouble for Kyrgios, another brilliant return from Djokovic and he then puts away the forehand. Pressure piled on.
Clutch, ace down the T from Kyrgios just when he needed it. 40-30. A 134mph first serve then catches the line, Kyrgios gets the hold!
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 4-4* Kyrgios
16:44 , Matt Verri
Couple of unforced errors from Kyrgios, who is less than impressed at a ‘Come on Nick’ shout that came mid-point.
Ace out wide from Djokovic, and Kyrgios the nets another backhand. A routine hold to love for Djokovic.
This is where it all went wrong for Kyrgios in the third set - if he gets broken here Djokovic will be serving for the match.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 *3-4 Kyrgios
16:40 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios goes for a huge second serve, doesn’t come off this time. Double fault. He had been giving off some more positive body language but that hasn’t helped. Djokovic return lands long, ‘Let’s go’ from Kyrgios. 30-15.
And that’s absolutely brilliant from Kyrgios. Half volley kept him in the point, before he reads the pass and slices a volley past Djokovic.
Kyrgios complaining to the umpire at a let call - not sure that’s something that can be argued with but he’s giving it a go. That one definitely hasn’t hit the net, return sails long and Kyrgios edges ahead once more.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 3-3* Kyrgios
16:36 , Matt Verri
Challenge from Kyrgios, who thinks, or hopes, Djokovic’s backhand has landed long. It hasn’t, bang on the baseline. 30-0.
Ace from Djokovic, followed by the serve and volley with the slight help of a net cord. Hold to love.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 *2-3 Kyrgios
16:33 , Matt Verri
Djokovic’s turn to be frustrated, though it’s not quite on the same level we’ve seen from Kyrgios. Two loose returns gets Kyrgios swiftly 30-0 up. Ace down the T backs it up.
Another tweener from Kyrgios, this one loops straight up for Djokovic to volley into the open court. Djokovic with a sublime drop shot once more, Kyrgios can’t clear the net. The moaning to the box has started again...
Wheels stay on though, forehand winner moves him ahead in the set at the changeover.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 2-2* Kyrgios
16:29 , Matt Verri
Skip in Kyrgios’ step as Djokovic throws in another double fault, but the Serbian steadies the ship by putting the forehand away as Kyrgios commits to the other side of the court.
Second-serve return slapped into the net by Kyrgios, and Djokovic then finds an ace out wide. 40-15. Unforced error from Kyrgios and Djokovic levels the fourth set again.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 *1-2 Kyrgios
16:25 , Matt Verri
Djokovic keeps turning to the drop shot, having great success doing so. Kyrgios gets to this one but can’t get it back in play.
Australian replies with his 23rd ace of the match, followed by a lovely volley at the net. 30-15.
Forehand winner, ace out wide. Kyrgios is back into his groove at the start of his set, positive shake of the racquet to his box too. Now he just needs to stay in this mindset!
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 1-1* Kyrgios
16:22 , Matt Verri
Too good from Djokovic, Kyrgios briefly considers chasing down the drop shot but quickly realises he wasn’t getting anywhere near it. Huge grounstokes then exchanged, Kyrgios sends a forehand flying long. 30-0.
Ace down the T, Kyrgios nods in approval. Backhand winner down the line from Djokovic seals a comfortable hold.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 *0-1 Kyrgios
16:20 , Matt Verri
Good start to the set from Kyrgios, bit more focus on the tennis rather than... everything else.
Drops a forehand at Djokovic’s feed and the top seed can’t make the volley. Djokovic makes that though, runs down the drop shot and flicks it perfectly down the line. 40-15.
Flicked backhand winner gets Kyrgios up and running in the set. His box now seemingly in a race to be the first one on their feet, don’t want to give Kyrgios any more reasons to be annoyed.
Here we go again...
16:17 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios to serve at the start of the fourth set.
16:15 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios was 40-0 up and on the verge of taking a 5-4 lead in the set. His focus then completely went, constantly turned around looking at his box and complaining.
He’s opted to stay on court between sets, while Djokovic has taken a fairly long break off court. Not sure more time sat there thinking about things is helping Kyrgios!
Problems for Kyrgios...
16:12 , Matt Verri
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Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-4 Kyrgios
16:10 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios briefly has to turn his attention away from complaining and back to the tennis. Djokovic swings an ace out wide. Kyrgios shanks a forehand, this set has fallen away so quickly for him. 30-0.
The Australian isn’t done yet though, swinging even harder now and it comes off with a massive return. 30-30. Second serve from Djokovic catches the line, Kyrgios frames the return. Lands just out.
Set point Djokovic! AND HE TAKES IT! Return from Kyrgios is out and Djokovic leads two sets to one.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 *5-4 Kyrgios
16:05 , Matt Verri
Two aces to start the game from Kyrgios, more like what we saw in the opening set. Quickly 40-0, as a Djokovic return sails long. He challenges the serve but it was in.
Serve and volley... and volley from Kyrgios, forehand pass is good from Djokovic. He then drops it at the feet of Kyrgios who has moved up to the net, can’t make the volley. 40-30.
Kyrgios would pay a lot for an ace here. Doesn’t get it, gets a forehand winner from Djokovic instead. Deuce and more screaming to the box from Kyrgios. And again as he produces a double fault - break point Djokovic!
First serve into the net from Kyrgios, thumbs up to his box. Backhand into the net from Kyrgios, thumbs up to his box. His head has completely gone and Djokovic breaks at the perfect time!
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 4-4* Kyrgios
16:00 , Matt Verri
Djokovic having the more comfortable service games at the moment. Catches the line with a winner before Kyrgios can’t get a first serve down the T back in play.
Kyrgios then goes for an ambitious forehand crosscourt, out. The shot a man plays when he’s had enough of the game. Hold to love.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 *3-4 Kyrgios
15:56 , Matt Verri
Ace out wide from Kyrgios to start, needed a challenge to be given it. Follows it up with a double fault, Djokovic yet to play a part in this game. He joins the fun with a forehand winner, 15-30 and a big couple of points coming up.
Another challenge from Kyrgios. If he’s right, it’s an ace down the T. He is right! Two for two with challenges in this game. Djokovic left in a crumpled heap as he throws himself at a massive first serve, it’s a third ace.
At least gets a racquet on this serve, but only to loop it into the net.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 3-3* Kyrgios
15:53 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios does everything he can in that point but it’s still not enough. Djokovic runs down a drop shot and puts it away. The Australian then tries to produce the fastest winner in Wimbledon history... out. 30-0.
Another double fault from Djokovic, makes no difference though as he seals the game with a wonderful drop shot.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 *2-3 Kyrgios
15:48 , Matt Verri
There it is! Lob from Djokovic, Kyrgios chases after it and goes for the tweener. Nails it too, Djokovic can’t make the volley. And again next point, but this time Kyrgios gets more height on it. Djokovic gives him a chance with a poor smash, but Kyrgios nets the forehand.
Left nothing in the tank with that, flat forehand winner from Kyrgios. Someone in the crowd shouts out as Kyrgios is winding up the second serve. Stops, complains to the umpire and then produces a double fault. Deuce, code violation for Kyrgios as he gives a few more thoughts to the umpire.
That doesn’t derail Kyrgios though, two huge first serves and it’s another important hold.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 2-2* Kyrgios
15:43 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios looks around bemused as a spectator shouts out. That’s a swift end to his afternoon as he’s removed from Centre Court.
Good hands at the net from Kyrgios as he moves across and puts the volley away, but Djokovic then finds a couple of timely first serves. 30-15. SHOT! Stunning backhand winner down the line from Djokovic.
Kyrgios goes for a huge return, doesn’t direct it and Djokovic levels the set.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 *1-2 Kyrgios
15:38 , Matt Verri
Djokovic does brilliantly to return a big Kyrgios serve, before producing another wonderful drop shot. Not much he can do there though, as the ball skids off the baseline and stays low.
Kyrgios cranks up the forehand, huge hitting and Djokovic can’t stay in the rally. Australian follows it with a second double fault of the match.
Djokovic takes it to deuce. Another sensational return, backed up with a forehand winner crosscourt. Kyrgios not really getting comfortable service games now.
That helps. Two big first serves later and it’s a hold. Plenty of muttering to his box to go with it.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 1-1* Kyrgios
15:32 , Matt Verri
Sublime from Kyrgios. Attempted pass from Djokovic was pretty decent, but the Australian just drops the volley back over the net.
Ace from Djokovic but he then dumps a backhand into the net. 30-30. Kyrgios then chases down another drop shot but his response drops wide.
Backhand low into the net from Kyrgios and Djokovic is on the board in the third set.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 *0-1 Kyrgios
15:28 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios has to get things back on track after that frustrating end to the set. Still right in this final.
Tweener into the net followed by a wild forehand isn’t the greatest of starts though. Djokovic gets the slightest bit of his racquet on that serve down the T, but no more than that. 30-30.
Drop shot from Kyrgios, drop shot from Djokovic, pass from Kyrgios... is wide. Break point Djokovic! Outrageously good return from Djokovic and solid defence to stay in the point, but Kyrgios moves forward and puts the volley away. Deuce.
Break point again, forehand winner from Djokovic. Kyrgios dummies to go for the underarm serve, opts for the more traditional effort in the end. Lovely half volley saves the break point.
Great angle on that forehand from Kyrgios, Djokovic can’t clear the net. Ace down the T, huge hold.
Djokovic 4-6 6-3 Kyrgios
15:20 , Matt Verri
Set point Djokovic! Kyrgios’ frustrations growing as he sends a slice floating long. Moaning at anyone who will listen now.
Djokovic takes the second set! Backhand into the net from Kyrgios and Djokovic comes through a huge test to level the match at one set all.
15:19 , Matt Verri
Double fault from Djokovic, not the start he was looking for as he serves to level the match,
Kyrgios covers half of Centre Court in the following point, charges after a drop shot and flicks it past the diving Djokovic. Incredible point, incredible crowd reaction. 0-30. Djokovic sends the backhand wide - three break points Kyrgios!
One down, two to go as Kyrgios nets the return. The Australian frames the forehand, well wide. 30-40. One more chance to come. Saved! Weak, weak backhand into the net from Kyrgios and Djokovic gets it to deuce. Huge moments in this match.
Break point again! Djokovic challenges but it doesn’t help him, it’s just about long from the top seed. Kyrgios gets a fourth opportunity. Saved again! Drop shot from Djokovic is good enough, Kyrgios gets there but can’t get it back. Deuce again.
Djokovic 4-6 *5-3 Kyrgios
15:13 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios taking about half a second between his first and second serves, ball kids having to run for their lives to keep up.
Ace out wide from the Australian but he then whips a forehand into the net. 30-30. Djokovic just a couple of points away from the set.
That helps the Kyrgios cause, another ace. Djokovic can’t return this one either, Kyrgios holds.
Djokovic 4-6 5-2* Kyrgios
15:08 , Matt Verri
Good point from Kyrgios, succession of forehands crosscourt and eventually Djokovic can’t get one back. Second serve kicks right up, catches Kyrgios off guard and he shanks it out.
Big return winner there from the Australian, door is open for him at 15-30. Starts to close as Djokovic finds two unreturned serves.
Backhand from Kyrgios flies long, Djokovic moves within a game of levelling the match up.
Djokovic 4-6 *4-2 Kyrgios
15:05 , Matt Verri
Double fault from Kyrgios, his first of the match. Gets things back on track with the first serve though that Djokovic can’t return, and he then whips a lovely forehand down the line.
Ace out wide and there’s the hold. Kyrgios keeps himself in the set, at least for now.
Djokovic 4-6 4-1* Kyrgios
15:01 , Matt Verri
Another double fault from Djokovic, he’s already had a few of those this afternoon. Follows it up with a first serve that Kyrgios can’t get back.
It’s been a brief lull from Kyrgios but he bursts into life again, massive backhand crosscourt is too good for even Djokovic to reach. 40-30. That’s deuce! Kyrgios needs a couple of attempts at the smash but he gets the job done at the second time of asking.
Tame backhand into the net from Kyrgios, met with a thumbs up to his box. Djokovic consolidates the break.
Djokovic 4-6 *3-1 Kyrgios
14:56 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios winds up the forehand, sails long. First real look Djokovic has had on the Kyrgios serve, 0-30. And now he really has a look, three break points as he finds a backhand winner.
Djokovic breaks! Net cord gives Kyrgios absolutely no chance, Australian is immediately over to moan at his box. Not sure they’re entirely to blame for that break.
Djokovic 4-6 2-1* Kyrgios
14:52 , Matt Verri
Forehand pass into the net from Kyrgios, but the backhand down the line next point is perfect as Djokovic moves forward. 15-15.
Frustration from Kyrgios as he nets a return, his box swiftly on their feet to rally him. They’re up again as Djokovic slaps a forehand into the net, again the top seed has started a match slowly.
Long, long rally. Djokovic gradually grinds Kyrgios down and the Australian sends a backhand wide. 40-30. Another great rally, finished off with a superb drop shot from Djokovic. Starting to find his rhythm.
Djokovic 4-6 *1-1 Kyrgios
14:47 , Matt Verri
In the five sets of tennis these two have now played against each other, Djokovic has had a total of one break point. Doesn’t enjoy the Kyrgios serve at all.
Three consecutive aces come flying down just to prove that, Djokovic can only watch each time. Very nearly four in a row, but it just clips the top of the net. That’s an absolutely perfect return from Djokovic though. Challenge from Kyrgios shows it landed bang on the baseline. 40-30.
130mph out wide and that’s not coming back, Kyrgios levels the second set up.
Djokovic 4-6 1-0* Kyrgios
14:44 , Matt Verri
Djokovic lost the first set against both Sinner and Norrie before responding, so he won’t be concerned yet.
Confident hold to love to get things up and running in the second set. Serve lands right on the line and skids under Kyrgios’ racquet to seal it.
Djokovic 4-6 Kyrgios
14:41 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios serving for the set and he begins that bid with yet another ace. Djokovic finally gets into a rally but it’s Kyrgios who gets the better of it, coming out on top as they exchange slices. 30-0.
Can’t make the slice this time though and then the serve and volley goes wrong. 30-30 and Djokovic isn’t quite done yet in this set.
Set point! Serve doesn’t come back and Kyrgios is one more of those away from the first set. Can’t take it, backhand well wide. Deuce.
Massive serve brings up a second set point. Ace down the T... SET KYRGIOS! Seriously impressive 31 minutes from the Australian.
Djokovic 4-5* Kyrgios
14:36 , Matt Verri
Will Kyrgios push for another break here or just turn his attentions to serving it out in the next game?
The latter. Pretty much walks out of the way as Djokovic swings a serve out wide. Not much interest either in a backhand down the line from Djokovic, who cruises his way to a hold to love.
Over to Kyrgios, who will be a bit more engaged in the next game you’d imagine...
Djokovic *3-5 Kyrgios
14:34 , Matt Verri
Two first serves from Kyrgios and he doesn’t have to hit another shot either time. Ideal start to this game. Make that three unreturned serves, 40-0 in the blink of an eye.
And then an ace out wide! Ridiculously good from Kyrgios against probably the greatest returner of all time.
Djokovic 3-4* Kyrgios
14:31 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios turning to the party tricks, even if they’re not really working. Goes for a through-the-legs pass, as you do, but Djokovic responds with a perfect drop volley.
Djokovic then fires down an ace of his own to keep himself in touch in the opening set.
Djokovic *2-4 Kyrgios
14:29 , Matt Verri
It’s been such a confident start from Kyrgios, another ace down the T. Then shows brilliant hands at the net, Djokovic lob doesn’t have anywhere near enough on it and Kyrgios can flick the volley away.
Serve and volley again from the Australian. Hold to love. He’s on the charge on Centre Court.
Djokovic 2-3* Kyrgios
14:26 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios box on their feet pretty much every time he wins a point and they’re up again as Djokovic can’t get a drop shot back. And once more as a slice from the top seed floats wide. 15-30.
Two break point Kyrgios! Another lovely drop shot and the backhand down the line that follows is too good for Djokovic to do anything with it.
Kyrgios steps forward to be aggressive with the second-serve return, but Djokovic drops it right back at his feet. One break point saved.
Double fault! Djokovic gifts the break to Kyrgios, who lands the first blow in this final.
Djokovic *2-2 Kyrgios
14:22 , Matt Verri
Serve and volley from Kyrgios is well executed, and he then thunders a 132mph ace down the T. Djokovic not getting anywhere near that.
Nor is getting a look at the ace out wide that follows. Rapid hold to love for the Australian who is showing no sign of nerves in his first Grand Slam final.
Djokovic 2-1* Kyrgios
14:19 , Matt Verri
Already been a number of brilliant rallies - Kyrgios can’t quite flick this drop shot back over the net.
Djokovic then finds another ace out wide, before Kyrgios goes wide with the crosscourt forehand. A shanked return later and it’s a hold for Djokovic going into the first changeover.
Djokovic *1-1 Kyrgios
14:15 , Matt Verri
Two long rallies at the start of Kyrgios’ first service game. Not sure that will be his gameplan but it works. First Djokovic sends a forehand wide, and then the Australian shows nice touch at the net to put the volley away. 30-0. And then we have a 125mph second serve ace... obviously.
First underarm serve of the match, Djokovic runs it down. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, bit of pressure now at 40-30.
Not when Djokovic sends a drop shot into the net. Eventful first game on serve for Kyrgios!
Djokovic 1-0* Kyrgios
14:12 , Matt Verri
Double fault from Djokovic to start the final - nothing like a nice settler. Couple of swinging serves get things back on track.
Kyrgios return not quite firing in the opening game, sends two of them long and Djokovic is on the board in relatively routine fashion.
14:09 , Matt Verri
Djokovic to serve first in the Wimbledon final, Kyrgios won the toss and elected to receive.
Time to get this show on the road!
Here we go!
14:05 , Matt Verri
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2022
14:01 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios strolls out first, head to toe in white this afternoon. Djokovic just behind.
Cap straight on from Djokovic this time - he wants no repeat of that first set against Norrie in the semi-finals.
Not long now...
13:58 , Matt Verri
Ball kids, line judges and pretty much everyone else out on Centre Court... just a couple of tennis players needed and we’ll be ready to get underway!
13:47 , Matt Verri
Just under 15 minutes to go until Djokovic and Kyrgios walk out on Centre Court.
Plenty of empty seats still - spectators wisely hiding away from the heat until the last possible moment!
It’s not going to be dull...
13:36 , Matt Verri
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What a day for it!
13:31 , Matt Verri
Another glorious afternoon at SW19 - boiling hot once again.
Djokovic lost the first set against Norrie in similar conditions, put on a cap at the start of the second and then cruised through to victory.
Can imagine the cap won’t be too far away from the start today...
History on Djokovic’s side
13:24 , Matt Verri
Five years since Djokovic lost at Wimbledon, nine years since he lost on Centre Court. That was in the 2013 final against Andy Murray.
Since then it’s been a perfect run for Djokovic. Kyrgios with a serious task on his hands!
Bit more of a traditional warm-up...
13:13 , Matt Verri
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Bromance going on?
13:05 , Matt Verri
Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios appear to have mended their frosty relationship and grown relatively close, even if the Serbian isn’t ready to go quite as far as Kyrgios.
“We definitely have a bit of a bromance now, which is weird,” Kyrgios said.”
“We actually message each other on DMs in Instagram now and stuff. It’s real weird. Actually, like, earlier in the week, he was like, ‘Hopefully I’ll see you Sunday’.”
Djokovic said: “I don’t know if I can call it a bromance yet, but we definitely have a better relationship than what it was probably prior to January this year.
“But when it was really tough for me in Australia, he was one of the very few players that came out publicly and supported me and stood by me. That’s something I truly appreciate. So I respect him for that a lot.”
Method to Kyrgios madness
12:55 , Matt Verri
Kyrgios has never done things by the book, but there can have been few more maverick preparations for what is now a first Grand Slam final by virtue of Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal with injury, writes Matt Majendie.
Maybe there is a method in the Kyrgios madness after all. To watch him this week on the practice courts in particular has been to see an often tortured soul in the prime of life.
He has been the star attraction, crowds flocking to watch him often practising in those Air Jordans that had caused such a stir on Wimbledon’s show courts and a seemingly endless array of NBA tops.
He has no full-time coach and his approach to on-court training is far from that of the methodical steps of his peers. In the warm-up before his quarter-final against Cristian Garin, his main preparation had been hitting slice serves as high into the air as he could muster, putting enough spin on them that his hitting partner had no chance of getting them back.
Getting the main shots warmed up...
12:45 , Matt Verri
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Djokovic: Kyrgios a big-match player
12:38 , Matt Verri
Novak Djokovic is relishing a Wimbledon final against Nick Kyrgios after putting an end to British hopes.
The 35-year-old is into an eighth SW19 final after a four-set win over Cameron Norrie in the semi-finals, shaking off a sluggish start to find his top form. He’ll face a fresh Kyrgios, who didn’t need to hit a point on Friday as Rafael Nadal pulled out of the last-four clash due to an abdominal injury.
Djokovic has played Kyrgios twice before and lost on both occasions - he is yet to even win a set against the Australian. The pair have previously had a frosty relationship, with Kyrgios remarking in 2019 that Djokovic would “never be the greatest” if he couldn’t beat him.
Things are more cordial now though and Djokovic is glad to see Kyrgios producing the necessary consistency to reach a first Grand Slam final.
“He’s a big-match player - if you see his career, the best tennis he’s played is always against the top guys,” Djokovic said.
12:31 , Matt Verri
Djokovic is unsurprisingly the favourite to seal yet another Wimbledon title but this is unlikely to be an easy afternoon for him.
Kyrgios has a brilliant record against him and has been more consistent than ever over the past two weeks, aside from the odd distraction. Djokovic is as good a returner as the sport has ever seen but even he will struggle with the Kyrgios serve.
The Australian comes in fresh and a fast start is essential. He’s certainly good enough to take the lead in the match, but as we’ve already seen this tournament Djokovic is a tough man to keep down and it would be no surprise to see him eventually earn a hard-fought victory.
Djokovic to win in four sets.
12:23 , Matt Verri
The pair have met twice before, with Kyrgios winning on both occasions. Djokovic is yet to take a set off the Australian.
The first match came at the Mexican Open in 2017, when Kyrgios won 7-6 7-5, and he also came out on top a couple of weeks later at Indian Wells. That was the last time the two played each other, more than five years ago.
How to watch Djokovic vs Kyrgios
12:16 , Matt Verri
TV channel: BBC will broadcast the match on BBC One with coverage on the channel commencing at 1pm BST.
Live stream: TV licence fee-payers can stream the tennis action over the next two weeks via the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app.
LIVE blog: Keep across all of the coverage with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
12:09 , Matt Verri
Djokovic and Kyrgios will walk out onto Centre Court at 2pm.
Quick warm-up after that, no that one is needed in this weather, and then they’ll be underway in the final.
12:01 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final.
A man in his 32nd Grand Slam final up against a man in his first. The two have completely contrasting personalities too - very difficult to know what to expect!
We’ll have all the build-up right here ahead of full live coverage later this afternoon. Stay tuned!