Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios 4-6,6-2,6-4, 7-6(3) to win Wimbledon, where the top seed claimed his fourth consecutive crown at the grass-court major.
After dropping the first set for the third straight match, Djokovic claimed a seventh title to draw level with Pete Sampras‘ mark at the All England Club. The 35-year-old Djokovic is now just one behind his arch-rival Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon triumphs, and one Grand Slam title behind his other arch-rival Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 major crowns.
“I have lost words for what this tournament, this trophy means to me, my team, my family,” said Djokovic at the trophy presentation. “I’ve said this many times. It always has been and always will be the most special tournament in my heart, the one that motivated me, inspired me to start playing tennis in a small mountain resort in Serbia where my parents used to run a restaurant … I was four or five years old and I saw Pete Sampras win his first Wimbledon in 1993. I asked my Dad and Mum to buy me a racquet, and my first image of tennis was grass and Wimbledon. I always dreamed of coming here, just playing in this court, and then realising the childhood dream of winning this trophy. Every single time it gets more meaningful and more special, so I’m very blessed and very thankful to be standing here with the trophy.”