Winner of the final in four sets against Nick Kyrgios, Novak Djokovic won the 2022 edition of Wimbledon, synonymous with the 21st Grand Slam title for the Serb. A result that would have been the same if his opponent had been Rafael Nadal, according to Nole’s mentor, Nikola Pilic.
Last Sunday was the grand finale of Wimbledonthird meeting of Grand Slam of the season, which pitted No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic against world No. 40 Nick Kyrgios. If the latter had won the first round, it was finally the now world number 7 who managed to win the prestigious London tournament in four sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 ( 3)). With this new coronation, the Serb gleaned the 21st title of the Grand Slam of his immense career, one more than the Swiss legend Roger Federer (20) and one less than Rafael Nadal (22), who holds the absolute record.
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Djokovic, season saved with Wimbledon
This final victory Wimbledonin addition to adding a line to the very large list of Novak Djokovicsomehow saves his 2022 season. It must be said that the first two tournaments of the Grand Slam of the year was a real failure for him. While he was a triple tenant of the title, he could not even participate in theAustralian Open last January, due to his non-vaccination against Covid-19. He was, however, able to take part in Roland Garros at the end of May. Unfortunately for Djokovichis career stopped in the quarter-finals after his defeat in a marathon match in four sets against the future winner Rafael Nadal. A dream poster, which could also have been that of the final of Wimbledon.
At Wimbledon, Djokovic and Nadal just missed each other
In effect, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were each in a different part of the painting at Wimbledon, which could give a possible final between the two men. Whether Nole fulfilled his part of the contract, the Mallorcan did not experience the same fate. Already handicapped for many months by a degenerative disease affecting a bone in his left foot (Müller-Weiss syndrome), the world number 3 contracted a new injury during the British fortnight, this time to the abdominals. If he still managed, not without pain, to win his quarter-final against Taylor Fritz, the Spaniard was forced to forfeit before his semi-final, too diminished by his physical glitches. It is therefore Nick Kyrgios who took advantage of this abandonment to reach the final, the very first of his career in Grand Slam.
Djokovic would still have beaten Nadal
Impossible to know who Rafael Nadal we Nick Kyrgios would have qualified for the final if the two men had played their half. Nevertheless, Nikola Pilicmentor of Novak Djokovic and former captain of Serbia in Davis Cup, is convinced that Djoko would have no matter what Wimbledoneven if his opponent in the final had been Rafa : “Nadal didn’t play well at all in this tournament. He fought as well as he can, but I don’t think he would have had a chance to beat Djokovic in the final. I’m sure “ he told the media SportsClub.