“One thing for sure, there is going to be a lot of fireworks emotionally from both of us. It is going to be his first Grand Slam final. He is very excited and he doesn’t have much to lose and he is always playing like that. He is playing so freely, one of the biggest serves in the game. Just a big game overall, a lot of power in his shots. We haven’t played for some time. I have never won a set off him. Hopefully it can be different this time.”
A Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios is a dream final for every tennis addict from several percpectives and behind the words of Novak Djokovic above, you can already feel the the voltage running through his skin. We could legitimately expect one of the greatest finals ever, a thrilling five-setter, even if bookmakers odds suggest otherwise, rating the Serbian as undisputed favorite.
It is true that Nick Kyrgios is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, wasting his enormous potential as his critics keep resuming year after year. And it’s hard to think of two more different sportspeople in comparison with Novac Djokovic. “One is a master of his craft; the other a virtual exhibition player. One is consumed by being the greatest of all time; the other often seems bored by his job. One desperately covets our love and awe; the other’s entire persona is built upon not giving a stuff what anyone thinks.”
But it is also true that Nick Kyrgios advanced the final almost drama-free, overpowering his opponents with his enormous serve while caming up with the good when it mattered most. Although Kyrgios got distracted a few times with plenty of chatter along his matches, but the needle was never in the red, while his motivation/enjoyment levels for tennis at this present time seem higher than ever. And when Nick Kyrgios is at his best mentally, there is no opponent to match his energy. And Djokovic – as Kyrgios thoroughly explained in the past – would never be the greatest of all times…
“No matter how many grand slams he (Novak Djokovic) wins, he will never be the greatest for me. Simply because, I’ve played him twice and like, I’m sorry, but if you can’t beat me, you’re not the greatest of all time. Because if you look at my day-to-day routine and how much I train and how much I put in, it’s zero compared to him.”
Nick Kyrgios to upset bookmakers and tennis politically correct fans at 4.30 seems like a great value bet.