‘Novak Djokovic doesn’t want to face Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon R1,’ says Newcombe

Novak Djokovic has won all 14 matches at Majors in 2021, claiming trophies at the Australian Open and Roland Garros to move closer to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Eager to pass his greatest rivals as soon as possible, the Serb enters Wimbledon as the top favorite, winning five crowns at the All England in the previous ten years and seeking another in two weeks. The famous Aussie John Newcombe believes that Novak wouldn’t want to face Nick Kyrgios at the beginning of the tournament, despite his recent form and everything he has achieved. Kyrgios will return to action for the first time since February, dropping out from the top-60 for the first time since February 2019 and seeking a good result at Wimbledon, where he played on a high level in the past. Djokovic and Kyrgios played twice within a couple of weeks in 2017, and the Aussie scored both wins in Acapulco and Indian Wells.

In Mexico, Kyrgios prevailed 7-6, 7-5 in an hour and 47 minutes, with Djokovic failing to reach the hard-court ATP semi-final for the first time since the ATP Finals 2011! Nick dropped 15 points in 12 service games and saved a lone break chance to keep the pressure on the other side. Novak got broken in the second set’s closing stages and lost the pivotal exchanges to hit the exit door. A few weeks later, Kyrgios dethroned the five-time Indian Wells champion 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 51 minutes for his third Masters 1000 semi-final.

Nick Kyrgios is one of the toughest rivals for everyone at Wimbledon. 

Nick’s first serve was a real enigma for Novak, as he blasted 14 aces with about the same number of service winners and kept his second serve safe, never to experience a break point. Novak made a slow start and never fully recovered after spraying 25 unforced errors. He saved four out of five break points to limit the damage, but Nick stayed focused to claim the second set tie break 7-3 for his second win over Djokovic in as many matches. Unlike Djokovic, Kyrgios has played only five tournaments since the start of 2020, refusing to leave Australia during the pandemic and changing that only ahead of Wimbledon.

“I’m sure Djokovic wouldn’t want to play against Nick in the first round at Wimbledon. Look, there will be many top players who won’t want to see Nick in their draw section. He’s underdone, but he’s going to be very hard to beat, put it like that. If Nick has one really tough match, he might have trouble coming up for the next. I imagine the top guys will be hoping that he’ll meet an excellent player, not one of the very good ones but a solid player who puts many balls back, and then Nick will get frustrated. That’s what they would be hoping because he could come out against one of the top seeds first round,” John Newcombe said.

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