Novak Djokovic will try to add another Grand Slam championship to his collection on Sunday when he faces Nick Kyrgios in the 2022 Wimbledon men’s singles final. The match will start at 9 am Eastern.
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After dropping his opening set vs. Cameron Norrie, Djokovic won three straight sets in the semifinals, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Kyrgios advanced to the final via walkover after Rafael Nadal could not compete due to an abdominal injury.
Following the men’s singles final will be the title match in women’s doubles at approximately 11 am as Elise Mertens and Shuai Zhang will take on Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.
What: 2022 Wimbledon men’s singles final.
Who: Novak Djokovic vs. Nick Kyrgios.
When: Sunday, July 10, 2022.
Hour: 9 a.m. Eastern.
Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, England.
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Check out some of what Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press wrote about Djokovic looking for his 21st Grand Slam title, while Kyrgios is in search of his first.
Novak Djokovic spirit Nick Kyrgios used to not get along at all.
Now the two men who will meet in the Wimbledon final on Sunday have developed a bit of a “bromance,” as the 40th-ranked Kyrgios put it.
“Everyone knows there was no love lost for a while there,” said the 27-year-old from Australia, whose first Grand Slam title match will be Djokovic’s 32nd. “It was healthy for the sport. I think every time we played each other, there was hype around it. It was interesting for the media, the people watching, all that.”
Kyrgios, not one for holding his tongue, was particularly critical of Djokovic for organizing a charity exhibition tour in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fast forward to January of this year, and Kyrgios was an early voice supporting Djokovic when his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 led to a legal saga and deportation from Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.
So where do things stand nowadays?
“We definitely have a better relationship than what it was,” is the way the top-seeded Djokovic described things.
Kyrgios sounded a tad more excited.
“We actually message each other on DMs in Instagram now and stuff. It’s real weird,” Kyrgios said. “Actually, earlier in the week, he was like, ‘Hopefully, I’ll see you Sunday.’”
Well, they certainly will see each other at Center Court on Sunday afternoon, with quite a bit to play for.
For the No. 1-seeded Djokovic, a 35-year-old from Serbia, it’s a chance to win a fourth consecutive trophy at the All England Club and seventh overall (Roger Federer’s eight singles championships at the grass-court major are a record for a man) .
It’s also a chance for Djokovic to claim a 21st Grand Slam title, which would move him one ahead of Federer and just one behind Rafael Nadal, who withdrew before his semifinal against Kyrgios because of a torn abdominal muscle.
And there’s this to factor in, too: Djokovic can’t know for sure the next time he will get to participate in one of the four major tournaments, the events that matter the most to him these days. As things currently stand, he is not allowed into the United States as an unvaccinated foreigner, which means he could not go to New York for the US Open in August.
His status for returning to Australia in 2023 is up in the air, too, after his visa was revoked this year.
“Every match, every Grand Slam that I get to play at this stage of my career, there is a lot on the line. I don’t know how many Grand Slam opportunities to win the trophy I will still have,” Djokovic said after beating No. 9 seed Cam Norrie of Britain 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals on Friday.