Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in the Wimbledon 2022 final on Sunday. This is his seventh Wimbledon title, and fourth consecutive.
This was also his 21st major title, which puts him within one trophy of Rafael Nadal's record of 22. At 35 years, 49 days, Djokovic is now the second oldest player to win the Wimbledon men's title in the Open Era. Roger Federer's win in 2017 still makes the Swiss veteran the oldest.
"My first image of tennis was grass and Wimbledon. I always dreamed of coming here," Djokovic said on Centre Court after the match. "Realizing a childhood dream and winning this trophy, every single time it gets more meaningful and special. I'm really blessed and thankful to be standing here with the trophy."
During the first round of the tournament, Djokovic became the first player to win at least 80 matches in each of the four Grand Slams. He is quite familiar with Centre Court and the final round at The Championships. Sunday was his 32nd Grand Slam final and his eighth at the All England Club. He has now extended his Wimbledon win streak to 28 consecutive matches.
"I'm lost words for what this tournament, what this trophy means to me, to my team, to my family," Djokovic said. "I've said this many times, it always has been and will be the most special tournament in my heart, the one that motivated me and inspired me to start playing tennis."
Kyrgios came in with significantly less experience. This was his first Grand Slam final, but he arrived with a 2-0 record against his Serbian opponent. He is still one of only five players with a winning record against Djokovic.
Kyrgios made things interesting right away as he opted for an underarm serve in his first service game. He took the first set, and didn't give up easily in the fourth as he pushed a tiebreaker. However, Djokovic's experience showed and he made a comeback for the third consecutive match. Kyrgios said he thought he personally played well, but that Djokovic is a different type of opponent.
"He's a bit of a God," Kyrgios said of the seven-time champion after his first Grand Slam final.
The next Grand Slam is the US Open starting Aug. 29. Djokovic's participation is still in question because he has yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier in the season, he was not allowed to play in the Australian Open and was deported because of his unvaccinated status.