Nick Kyrgios has never lost a match against Novak Djokovic.
The controversial Australian will take on the Wimbledon-winning favorite in Sunday’s final – after Djokovic managed to work his way past British hope Cameron Norrie in his semi-final.
The sports news tells you why Kyrgios can shock the world and win the Wimbledon 2022 title.
Kyrgios has never lost to Djokovic
Incredibly, Kyrgios has never lost to Djokovic, with the Australian winning the two encounters.
Both games took place on hard courts in 2017, as Kyrgios saluted in straight sets in the round of 16 in Acapulco (7-6(9), 7-5) and in the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters (6-4, 7-6(3)). .
It must be noted that both games were not finals and if the two meet in a decider for the Wimbledon crown there will be a lot more pressure.
Coincidentally, Djokovic failed to win a Grand Slam title in 2017, which is the only calendar year he hasn’t won at least one since 2010.
But the fact that Djokovic has never won a set against Kyrgios, nor played him on many occasions, will definitely give the fiery Aussie confidence.
Kyrgios shows an unprecedented level of resilience
Kyrgios has many years of flak for buckling games when things get tough – and the criticism has often been spot on.
But at Wimbledon 2022 we saw another Kyrgios with the Canberran, struggling through difficult situations on numerous occasions.
He was floored against British wildcard Paul Jubb in the first round, but when he had to cut in the deciding set, Kyrgios got up when it mattered.
Kyrgios lost the first set in the third round to world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had won ATP Mallorca on grass ahead of Wimbledon, but the Australian bounced back despite several controversies to win in four sets.
Against Brandon Nakashima in the fourth round, it was clear that Kyrgios wasn’t playing at the top level, but he rose to the challenge again despite appearing flat for much of the contest.
Faced with domestic violence allegations against him, Kyrgios clinically eliminated Cristian Garin in the quarter-finals and managed not to let the test affect his performance on the pitch.
Kyrgio’s ability to consistently play his best tennis despite the controversies surrounding him has not been seen before in his career.
Djokovic is not invincible
The number one has played commanding tennis at the All England Club but there have also been moments when his current level has been called into question.
Djokovic struggled to finish off unseeded Korean Kwon Soon-woo in the opening round, dropping a set to Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven and trailing 20-year-old Italy’s Jannik Sinner by two sets in the quarters.
He even looked at a loss in the first set against Norrie, needing mistakes from the Brit to gain an advantage and momentum in the second set.
The Serb managed to get the job done when he didn’t play well and there have been periods of his best tennis, namely against Thanasi Kokkinakis (round two), Miomir Kecmanovic (round three), the last three sets of the five set wins against Sinner and the semi-final against Norrie.
This is a great version of Djokovic but it’s not the best and the Australian can win if he plays near his peak.