Novak Djokovic clinched his 4th consecutive title at Wimbledon after defeating unseeded Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final on July 10. Djokovic (21) has moved one ahead of Federer (20) in the number of Grand Slam titles.
Novak Djokovic shows his Wimbledon trophy to fans during a welcome ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia. (Courtesy: AP)
- Novak Djokovic won his 7th Wimbledon trophy on July 10
- Djokovic has moved one ahead of Federer in Grand Slam count
- Djokovic is now only one behind Nadal in Grand Slam count
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic returned to the scene of the triumph as he enjoyed some family time on the centre court at the Championships.
The Serb clinched his fourth consecutive title at Wimbledon after defeating unseeded Australian Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7(7)-6(3) in the final on July 10.
With the victory, Djokovic (21) moved one ahead of Roger Federer (20) in the number of Grand Slam trophies. The Serb is now only one behind Rafael Nadal (22), who holds the most number of major titles in men’s history.
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Djokovic, who started 2022 tied at 20 Grand Slams with Federer and Nadal, suffered a major blow as he was not allowed to defend his title at the Australian Open since he was not vaccinated against Covid-19.
He was deported from Australia after a 10-day legal battle, while Federer remained absent from the tournament due to a continuous recovery from knee surgery. It was Nadal who went onto clinch the Australian Open title and moved one ahead of the other Big Two in the number of Slams.
Nadal extended the count as he won his 14th trophy at the French Open. However, the Spaniard pulled out of the Wimbledon semi-finals following an abdominal tear. Subsequently, Djokovic lifted his seventh Wimbledon trophy after beating Kyrgios in the final.
The victory at Wimbledon could be the Serbian’s last Grand Slam appearance this year as his chances of participating at the US Open are very bleak.
To enter the USA, Djokovic has to be vaccinated. But the Serbian has made his stand clear, saying: “I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated, so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter the United States or exemption.”
“I’ll wait hopefully for some good news from USA because I would really love to go there. If that doesn’t happen, then I have to see what the schedule will look like.”
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