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Novak Djokovic beats Nick Kyrgios

Novak Djokovic, for the seventh time in his illustrious career, is the men’s singles Wimbledon champion.

The Serbian has defeated Nick Kyrgios 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3) to conquer the All England Club tournament a fourth year in succession and claim his 21st grand slam title.

His 21st major takes him clear of Roger Federer and puts him just one behind Rafael Nadal, who’s won more titles than all other men.

Djokovic dropped the first set as Kyrgios got off to a scintillating start, but his exceptional defensive game was at its best as he fought back to win three sets in a row.

After Kyrgios broke Djokovic’s serve to take a 3-2 lead in the opening set, the 35-year-old broke the Australian in the fourth game of the second and ninth game of the third.

Djokovic then breezed through the fourth-set tiebreak and wrapped up victory when Kyrgios hit the ball into the net, prompting the victor to fling his arms into the air as he soaked up the magic.

While Kyrgios made it clear in his on-court interview he was pining for “a well-earned vacation”, Djokovic spared a moment for the pair’s new-found “bromance”.

“I really respect you a lot. I think you are a phenomenal tennis player, an athlete, an amazing talent. I mean, you’ve been hearing all out of that for many years. But now everything is starting to come together for you , so I’m sure we’re going to see a lot of you in the latter stages of a grand slam,” Djokovic said.

“I never thought I was going to say so many nice things about you considering the relationship.

“OK, it’s officially a bromance.”

The Wimbledon crowd erupted in applause and laughter.

Kyrgios was his trademark colorful self in the decider, unleashing on a rowdy spectator, the chair umpire and his team repeatedly.

The Canberran exploded as a series of noises came from the crowd during the third set, demanding the chair umpire kicks the culprit out.

“She’s drunk out of her mind,” said Kyrgios, who was slapped with a code violation.

“The one who looks like she’s had 700 drinks, bro.”

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