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A Wimbledon men’s singles draw that started with 128 players has dropped to just two. Both players continue the story in their own way; one trying to bolster his case for being the greatest to ever pick up a racquet, and the other seeking the biggest achievement of a career that many believe hasn’t been as successful as it should have been. to be so far. Novak Djokovic is heavily favored by Nick Kyrgios, and that’s no surprise given recent history. Djokovic has been virtually unbeatable at Wimbledon in recent years, while many service-dependent players of Kyrgios’ ilk have seen their bids for the Wimbledon title drop by one game. Since 2003, players like Mark Philippoussis, Andy Roddick (three times), Milos Raonic, Kevin Anderson and Matteo Berrettini have all fought their way to the final, only to fall to one of four players who have combined to gobble up every Wimbledon. title over this period (Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray). Will Djokovic maintain the top players’ recent stranglehold on Grand Slam titles, or will Kyrgios overcome the odds as an underdog in the biggest match of his life? Match odds for the 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final are taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, but you may be able to find more favorable odds on your player of choice by checking other mobile sportsbooks such as FanDuel, BetMGM or Caesars.
Novak Djokovic (-475) against Nick Kyrgios (+350)
Djokovic is one game away from a 21st Grand Slam title and a seventh at Wimbledon. He is the heavy favorite in this league game despite an opponent who beat him in their previous two encounters. Djokovic’s 27-game winning streak at Wimbledon hasn’t been without appeal, but his ability to answer the bell every time – including coming from two sets down against Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals – is testament to the resilience and of the versatility of the 35- The one-year-old Serb is taking part in the best of five games. If he can read Kyrgios’ serve, the best returner of all time should make holding a lot harder for his opponent than it has been so far.
If it was a third-round game, I’d pick an upset Kyrgios given his ability to take the racquet out of his opponent’s hands with his big serve and 2-0 career advantage against Djokovic. Circumstances are very different here, however. Kyrgios claims he doesn’t care much for tennis, but the nerves of being in his first career Grand Slam final will almost certainly still affect him, while Djokovic is used to and enjoying the big stage. The 27-year-old Australian’s third-round win over 5th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas was certainly impressive, but he was the only top-30 opponent Kyrgios faced the entire tournament, as he had just about the easiest imaginable path to a Grand Slam final. , thanks in large part to having benefited from an unsurprising semi-final due to Rafael Nadal’s abdominal tear. Kyrgios is very talented and usually plays his best against the best competition, but he will have to overcome both Djokovic and the weight of the moment to pull this one out. Taking advantage of Djokovic’s tendency to start slow will be imperative for the Aussie to build up a lead and believe he can stun the tennis world.
Djokovic beats. Kyrgios 4-6, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4