Djokovic and Kyrgios make crazy bet ahead of Wimbledon final
On Sunday the 35-year-old Djokovic goes into the match on Centre Court as the favorite and wants his fourth Wimbledon triumph in a row and the seventh overall.
The eight years younger Kyrgios had moved after an abdominal muscle injury of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal without a fight in the first Grand Slam final of his career.
The most important things about the Wimbledon final
Series: Djokovic has not only won the last three Wimbledon editions. He is even unbeaten on Centre Court since 2013, when he lost to Britain’s Andy Murray in the final.
Records: Djokovic wants his 21st Grand Slam title, so he would shorten the gap to the men’s record holder Nadal to just one more triumph.
Djokovic has already secured the record for finals at one of the big four tournaments with his 32nd appearance in the final and is now ahead of Roger Federer (31) and Nadal (30).
At Wimbledon, Djokovic could catch up with Pete Sampras with the seventh title, the record for the history of professional tennis holds the Swiss Federer with eight.
Balance: In two duels so far, Kyrgios prevailed twice and did not drop a set. He is only one of three professionals who have played against Djokovic several times and have a positive record.
Here’s what Djokovic says about Kyrgios:
“We players always knew how dangerous he was, especially on grass. He is a very complete player with his confident attitude on the pitch.
It looks like he’s in a better mental state than he was a few years ago. These are the opportunities he loves, on the big stage.