Djokovic into yet another final as Kyrgios given a free pass

THE Gentlemen’s Singles finalists for Wimbledon 2022 have been decided, with Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios to face off in the decider. Kyrgios had a much easier time making the decider than his more fancied opponent, with semi final opponent Rafael Nadal pulling out before their match due to injury. That left Djokovic up against home town hero Cameron Norrie. The Brit won the first set 6-2, before the Serbian won the next three 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Djokovic served a whopping 13 aces compared to Norrie’s only seven, while Djokovic also served less double faults than Norrie. Perhaps evident by the score line, but Djokovic also had a significantly higher percentage of his first serves in, wins on his first and serve and wins on his second serve.

Speaking post match, Djokovic told the Centre Court crowd what he is expecting from the final.

“One thing is for sure – there are going to be a lot of fireworks emotionally from both of us. “It’s his first Grand Slam final so he’s very excited and doesn’t have much to lose – but he’s always playing like that.

“I’ve never won a set off him [Kyrgios]. “But it’s another final for me here at Wimbledon, the tournament I love so much. Hopefully it can work in my favour.”

Djokovic certainly was not happy with the way he started against Norrie.

“I didn’t start well today. It was very hot. I was a bit tight and not swinging through the ball as I would like. Cameron didn’t have much to lose, playing the tournament of his life at home. I wish him all the best. He’s a great player and I have a lot of respect for him.”

An obviously disappointed Norrie spoke post match of where he thought the match went wrong for him.

“I think I missed one approach shot that I should have won,” he said. “Then he picked the right side on a short one. I missed a couple balls there.

“For the majority of the match it was looking in my favour. Just a little bit of execution, maybe lack of focus in that moment, then he raised his game. “He served unbelievably well after that. It was tough for me to get into his service games.

“I was missing a couple key returns when I needed to in the games that I had chances. I think that was the difference. He just locked it down. “It was a tough, tough lack of concentration in that moment. I mean, it wasn’t just down to that. There was a lot of other stuff. But it was looking good until then.”

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