The man who is standing between the 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and his fourth successive Wimbledon title is Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios.
While not many thought Kyrgios would make it to the final, Djokovic said that he is not surprised that it will be Kyrgios on the other side of the net in the final on July 10.
The Serbian Djokovic stormed into his overall eighth Wimbledon final after coming from behind to beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday (July 8) on centre court.
“In a way it is a surprise because (of) his ranking. So maybe not too many people are giving him big chances to reach the finals,” Djokovic said of Kyrgios after beating Norrie in the semi-final.
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“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.”
Djokovic and Kyrgios have met only twice, with the Australian defeating the Serb on both occasions in 2017 (ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells and Mexican Open).
“Honestly, as a tennis fan, I’m glad he’s in the finals because he’s got so much talent. Everyone was expecting great things from him,” Djokovic said.
“Then we know what was happening throughout many years with him mentally, emotionally. On and off the court, a lot of different things that were distracting him and he was not being able to get this consistency. For the quality player that he is, this is where he needs to be, and he deserves to be.”
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