In the opening set, a rookie tennis watcher must have wondered how Nick Kyrgios was the man who had never won a Grand Slam singles title before and Novak Djokovic had 20 to his name.
But as the game progressed, those same observers would have had no problem understanding why this was the case.
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Djokovic beat Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in his own masterclass, while implosions at Canberran no doubt contributed to his downfall.
Having already appeared in several Wimbledon finals, Djokovic already had a crucial advantage over Kyrgios.
Although this could have been quickly disproved, it turned out to be the difference between the two.
The Serb was as cool as can be, keeping his emotions in check as his opponent blasted just about everyone for everything.
As noted by BBC tennis commentator David Law on The Tennis PodcastDjokovic simply ‘dragged Kyrgios into his web’ and struck at the perfect moment.
“The last two rounds for Djokovic, he lost the first set of the last two, he lost the first set against Berrettini a year ago,” Law said.
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“There is never panic, and he just plays the long game and he handles those things so well.
“He drew Kyrgios into his web, into his type of game. Kyrgios fell into the trap.
Companion Tennis Podcast co-host Matt Robertson added: “I thought it was pretty much a masterclass in how to play Djokovic’s Nick Kyrgios.”
The temperature’Matthew Syed even compared Djokovic’s performance to “a child dismembering a butterfly: colored wing by wing”.
For The Telegraph Oliver Brown, Djokovic’s experience ensured he simply wouldn’t be drawn to Kyrgios’ game.
“Djokovic is what Jurgen Klopp might call a ‘mental monster’, who in decisive moments suppresses his unforced errors with an efficiency that makes him virtually impossible to beat,” Brown said.
“While Kyrgios crumbles at the slightest injustice, real or perceived, the Serb never, as his 21 Major titles attest, lets his contraction waver.”
As Djokovic represented the human form of a cyborg, Kyrgios was his true human self.
It’s no secret that he is an exceptional player with world-class tennis talent.
Write for the ExpressMatthew Dunn said: “Without a doubt he is a force of nature and can knock anyone off the pitch for a while, and he did that in the first set as a surprisingly nervous Djokovic faltered slightly. under attack.”
But as many have pointed out, his worst enemy is himself and that may be too big a hurdle to jump if he wants to become a Grand Slam singles winner.
Law said on the Tennis Podcast that the 27-year-old histrionic is “tiring to watch and it’s tiring for him” and ultimately “may well never control that and it will hold him back”, while co-host Catherine Whitaker noted that he “s ‘is cost’.
Dunn also elaborated on that same train of thought, as the “finger pointing” began after a triumphant first set.
“Obviously the fans were to blame and then the referee for not shutting them up enough,” Dunn said.
“Ironically, the members of his own box weren’t making enough noise. And it’s ‘noise’ that keeps Kyrgios from realizing his true potential.”
With the juxtaposition between his ability on the pitch and his mentality during games, he remains The temperature’ Owen Slot chewing on the idea that throughout this iteration of Wimbledon, Kyrgios was “the most fascinating athlete” featured.
“How come when he goes down he can still blast Djokovic off the pitch,” Slot said.
“How can he still have two aces per game to push the fourth to the tie-break?
“The very question probably explains why he was the most fascinating athlete at these championships.
“His game is brilliant and self-destructive. And you will never beat Djokovic with the latter.