Duchess of Cambridge hands Novak Djokovic, 35, his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title after defeating Nick Kyrgios in four sets – as fiery Australian brands No1 seed ‘a bit of a God’
- Djokovic has claimed a seventh Wimbledon title with 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory
- Fiery Kyrgios won opening set before Serbian roared back to take Grand Slam
- Djokovic received the title in presentation from Duchess of Cambridge
- Duke of Cambridge and Prince George were also in attendance at the final
- Kyrgios told crowd that Djokovic is ‘a bit of a God’ as he praised the No1 seed
- Australian earlier became furious with spectator he claimed was putting him off
The Duchess of Cambridge has handed Novak Djokovic his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title after the defeated a fiery Nick Kyrgios in four sets.
The Serbian, 35, lost the first set before roaring back to take his seventh SW19 title with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory.
Djokovic remained a calm and relentless presence throughout the final, while Kyrgios altered between determined and petulantly arguing with his own box as the trophy slowly slipped away from his grasp.
The No1 seed made only 17 unforced errors in more than three hours of tennis.
He received the trophy on court from the Duchess of Cambridge to a standing ovation from a packed out Centre Court.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George also watched on from the Royal Box as Djokovic reached his 21st Grand Slam title.
The Duchess of Cambridge presents Novak Djokovic with his winners trophy following his victory of Nick Kyrgios the Men’s Singles final
Djokovic raises his arms aloft as he soaks in applause and cheers from the crowd at Centre Court moments after sealing victory
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched the final from the Royal Box at Centre Court along with son Prince George
As the match slipped away from him, Kyrgios became increasingly annoyed with members of the crowd and his own box
The Duchess of Cambridge presents the unseeded Australian with the runners-up trophy on Centre Court
Djokovic and Kyrgios shared a joke together before posing for photographs with their respective trophies
The young royal, eight, was seen hiding his face, laughing and wincing as he watched the action unfold on the pitch.
It takes his career major titles to 21 – one more than Roger Federer and one fewer than Rafael Nadal.
In a complimentary post-match interview, Kyrgios admitted that Djokovic was ‘a bit of a God’, before the Serbian said the pair now had a ‘bromance’.
It was not plain sailing for Djokovic, who made a slow start and lost the opening set to the buoyant and seemingly fearless Australian.
Kyrgios served seven aces and dropped only five points on his own serve as he made the perfect start.
But as the first set flashed by in just 30 minutes, Djokovic slowly began to gain the upper hand and broke Kyrgios’ serve in the fourth game of the second set.
He then saved three break points to even the match at one apiece.
As unforced errors began to creep into his game, Kyrgios became increasingly frustrated.
He was particularly furious with one fan on Centre Court, who he claimed was putting him off.
‘She’s distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final,’ he fumed at the umpire about the spectator.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, wore a £1,335 navy polka dot dress from Alessandra Rich as she made her third appearance at the tournament this week
The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as she led presentations following the enthralling final
Kyrgios was graceful in defeat, despite having spent much of the final berating members of his box
Kate pictured with the Wimbledon trophy this afternoon as she was on hand to present the finalists with their respective awards
Djokovic waded through the Wimbledon crowd to celebrate with his family following his four-set victory
Djokovic celebrates with wife Jelena Djokovic, his father Srdan Djokovic and mother Dijana Djokovic in the stands
The Serbian imitated a plane on the court as he celebrated with his family and other members of his box
Djokovic heaped praise on Kyrgios following the match, stating that he would ‘be back’ at another Grand Slam final in the future
‘There’s no other bigger occasion, you didn’t believe me and then she did it again. It nearly cost me the game.
‘Why is she still here? She’s drunk out of her mind and speaking to me in the middle of a game. What’s acceptable?’
After the umpire replied ‘nothing is acceptable’, Kyrgios said: ‘Ok kick her out. I know exactly which one it is. The one in the dress, who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks bro.’
Twenty minutes earlier, Kyrgios launched into a furious argument with his team in his box after dropping the second set.
At 4-4 in the third, the Australian continued to berate his box and handed a break of serve to Djokovic before losing the set.
Kyrgios appeared to regain his composure in the fourth set and momentum swung back and forth before going to a tie break.
The unseeded Australian then double faulted in the first point of the breaker and Djokovic closed out the match with ease.
The Serbian raised his arms aloft to jubilant cheers before making his way through the crowd to celebrate with members of his family.
In his post-match interview, he turned to Kyrgios and told him he would ‘be back’ at a final of a major tournament in the future.
He said: ‘It is tough to find consolation words at a moment like this, but you showed why you are one of the best players in the world.
‘I wish you all the best. I respect you a lot and you are a phenomenal talent.
‘I never thought I would say so many nice things about you. Okay, it’s official, it’s a bromance.’
Kyrgios began remonstrating with members of the crowd and his own box after losing the second set
Kyrgios gestures between games during the Men’s Singles Final Wimbledon Tennis Championships
After taking the first set against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon showpiece, Kyrgios dropped the second set and then let his anger get the better of him in the third
But the Australian was complimentary of Djokovic after losing in four sets, praising him as a ‘but of a God’
Kyrgios donned a red Jordan cap, in breach of Wimbledon dress code, as he received his runner-up award from the Duchess of Cambridge
And giving his own interview with the retiring Sue Barker, Kyrgios said: ‘He’s a bit of a god. I’m not going to lie, I thought I played well.
‘First of all, I want to congratulate Novak and your team. Of course, you have won this championship I don’t even know how many times anymore.
‘Then obviously to all the ballkids, umpires. You and I have a very tough relationship at times but I thought I would thank you for putting up with it.
‘Then the crowd. It has been an amazing couple of weeks for me personally.’
Asked if playing in his first grand slam final made him hungry for more, Kyrgios made the crowd laugh when he replied, ‘Absolutely not. I’m so tired, honestly.
‘You know, myself, my team, I think we are all exhausted. We played so much tennis. I definitely need a well-earned vacation after this one.’
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