'Nick Kyrgios did not believe he could beat Novak Djokovic' Rod Laver says

“Nick Kyrgios didn’t think he could beat Novak Djokovic,” says Rod Laver

Nick Kyrgios had a great run at Wimbledon, beating five rivals and reaching his first Major final. Nick faced an ultimate obstacle in the title fight as Novak Djokovic was chasing his seventh Wimbledon crown. The Aussie did his best to stay in touch before suffering a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 defeat in three hours.

Australian legend Rod Laver praised his compatriot for his great attitude and focus on the pitch. Still, Laver believes Kyrgios didn’t think he could beat Djokovic in the final despite trying hard. Novak made a fresh start after the opening set, fending off five out of six break chances to keep the pressure on at the other end.

He broke Nick for the first time in his career in the second set and controlled everything in the third to extend the advantage. There were no break chances in the fourth set and the defending champion claimed them in the tiebreak to seal the deal.

Both players served over 70% in the opening set, and the returners grabbed 12 points in ten games. Nick grabbed a seven and converted it into the desired break that carried him forward. He broke Novak 2-2 after the Serb’s double fault and after deuce held in game ten with an ace on the T-line for 6-4.

Novak pressed hard on the return at 2-1 in the second set, creating three break points with a backhand crosscourt winner. He captured the first after a lucky netting winner for a massive 3-1 lead.

Nick Kyrgios lost the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic.

Both players produced comfortable holds in the next three service games, and Djokovic served for the set at 5-3.

Suddenly, after a few loose shots, he was 40-0 behind. Novak stayed calm and denied four break points to extend the game. He fired a service winner on a set point to fix the overall score after 70 minutes.

With a boost on his side, Djokovic controlled the pace in set number three, dropping six points behind the initial shot and securing a late break to extend the advantage. The Australian received a warning for swearing after being interrupted by someone in the crowd but he still held on in game five and kept in touch.

Djokovic served well in games six and eight to keep the pressure on at the other end. He created a break chance after Kyrgio’s double fault at 4-4 and Nick hit a backhand to give serve away. Novak held at 30 in game ten to close the set and get closer to the finish line.

Both players served well in the first ten games of the fourth set and didn’t give the returnees a chance. Kyrgios closed game 11 with an ace, and Djokovic served to stay in the set for the second time. He produced another good hold to set the score at 6-6 and set up a tie-break that’s a must for Nick.

Novak secured two mini-breaks for a 4-1 advantage and won an extended rally to grab five match points at 5-1. The Aussie saved the first with a forehand winner at the net and fired his 30th ace to make it 3-6. Novak grabbed the third match point after the rival’s backhand error to start a grand celebration of his 21st Major crown.

“Kyrgios has all the skills in the world, every shot you could ask for. He’s probably one of the biggest servers in the game. He is accurate and can play under pressure. I was thrilled that he reached the Wimbledon final. but he didn’t think he could win the title.

In my mind I said, ‘Hey, do your best. You can surprise yourself.’ A month or two later I said, ‘You can win some of these games. Why don’t you apply, man?'” Rod Laver said.

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