Tennis-Wimbledon Men’s Final: Does Kyrgios Have any chance to Dethrone Djokovic?
Djokovic, Runaway Favorite to Win Fourth Straight Wimbledon Title
Top seed Novak Djokovic is through to his fourth straight Wimbledon Men’s final where he will face dark horse contender Nick Kyrgios.
The Serbian starlet is hoping to join an illustrious few to have won four consecutive Wimbledon titles – Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer. He’s hoping to win a seventh overall Wimbledon title and 21st grand slam title.
Standing in his way is Australian upstart Nick Kyrgios, who is through to his maiden grand slam final at the All England Club. If the tennis odds were any indication, the Aussie is facing an uphill battle against one of the greatest tennis players to have ever played the sport.
Wimbledon betting odds are cornered with Djokovic with the former World No.1 priced at -400 to lift the Wimbledon trophy. Kyrgios, by contrast, is tipped as the +320 underdog.
Wimbledon Men’s Final Preview
Djokovic Favored to Triumph
Novak Djokovic descended on the All England Club as the player to beat and that market outlook hasn’t changed through the rounds. Now, on the cusp of a fourth straight Wimby title (seventh overall) and a 21st grand slam title, the Serbian is the betting favorite across multiple sports betting platforms.
Djokovic entered the draw as the top seed, despite dropping in the ATP rankings to World No. 3. The ATP has withdrawn Wimbledon ranking points after the tournament’s controversial decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players due to the war on Ukraine.
Thus, a win for Djokovic will not improve his ranking points. On the contrary, he’s set to lose his points from last year’s title-winning run this week, which will see him fall down in the ATP rankings.
Forget all that because Djokovic has his sights on bigger things. He’s chasing Rafael Nadal in the race to become the winningest grand slam champion in the Open Era. He’s two titles behind Nadal (22).
This is Djokovic’s only chance to become a grand slam champion in 2022. The Serbian remains unvaccinated against covid-19 and unless the United States changes its travel ban for those that are unvaccinated, Djokovic won’t feature in the US Open draw later this summer.
Kyrgios Eyes Upset
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios is through to his first-ever grand slam final. Although he got a walkover when Nadal withdrew from the tournament due to a stomach muscle tear, there is no question that he doesn’t deserve to be in the Wimbledon Men’s final.
Kyrgios is one of the best grass-court players in today’s game. On a good day, he can beat anybody on this surface. Indeed, in his Wimbledon debut, he upset Nadal in a four-set thriller in the R16.
This season, Kyrgios has had a great run-up to Wimbledon. He was a semi-finalist in Stuttgart and Halle. He takes a 10-3 record on grass into the Wimbledon Men’s final.
Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios Betting Verdict
As per the tennis betting odds, Djokovic is the firm favorite at -400 to win. This market outlook is rooted in Djokovic’s undeniable championship credentials. One doesn’t win 20 grand slam titles by accident.
Interesting Note: Kyrgios has never lost to Djokovic in two meetings. They have met twice on a hard court with Kyrgios taking the straight-set victory. Kyrgios beat Djokovic in Acapulco (2017) and Indian Wells (2017).
It’s been five years since they’ve crossed paths. Those previous meetings will have no direct bearing on this matchup, however, they do underline Kyrgios’ dark horse credentials. He knows he can beat Djokovic because he’s done it before.
Doing it over the best-of-five scenario is another matter entirely, but if there is a player that can do it, it’s Kyrgios.