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Djokovic v Kyrgios betting tips: Highly-strung Aussie can spring surprise in Wimbledon final

| 09.07.2022

Sunday’s Djokovic v Kyrgios betting tips and preview

Novak Djokovic broke British hearts by defeating Cameron Norrie in the semi-finals and now defends his Wimbledon title against Nick Kyrgios on Sunday afternoon.

The 20-time grand slam champion at least gave us an evens winner on a victory by over 31.5 games on Friday which was followed by our headline tip on a three-set tussle between Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina in the women’s final at 11/8.

Djokovic is just 1/4 to beat Kyrgios in the men’s final, but the volatile Aussie has a couple of things in his favour so let’s check them out in our Djokovic v Kyrgios betting tips.

Novak Djokovic v Nick Kyrgios

Had these two met in last year’s final we would have been in for a war of attrition, but relations between the two have softened since Djokovic was deported from Australia in January.

Kyrgios has used some colourful language to describe the Serb in the last few years, claiming the Serb has a “huge self-esteem issue” because he desperately wants to be liked, while Djokovic said 18 months ago that “I don’t have much respect for him”.

However, Kyrgios was hugely critical of the way Djokovic was treated by Australian authorities in the saga over his Covid vaccination status and they now have what the Aussie describes as “a bit of a bromance, which is weird”, even exchanging messages on social media.

He said: “I think everyone knows there was no love lost for a while there.”

Djokovic smiled when Kyrgios’ comments were put to him after his four-set victory over Norrie and said: “I don’t know if I can call it a bromance, yet, but we definitely have a better relationship than what it was probably prior to January this year.

“But when it was really tough for me in Australia, he was one of the very few players that came out publicly and supported me and stood by me. That’s something I truly appreciate. So I respect him for that a lot.”

That’s the background to Sunday’s match, but in tennis terms Kyrgios has the advantage of being handed a bye into the championship match after Rafael Nadal pulled out of their semi-final with an abdominal injury.

Kyrgios is also unbeaten against Djokovic, winning both of their matches in straight sets during a 12-day spell in Acapulco and Indian Wells five years ago, so the memory of those wins should serve him well.

The world number 40 has served the most aces at the championships (120) and has been broken just six times over the fortnight despite playing two five-setters.

However, in extending his run of successive grass-court victories to 27, six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic became the first man to reach 32 grand slam finals, while he has only lost one of his last 19 slam semi-finals – a remarkable record.

He has also not lost a match at Wimbledon in five years, but he dropped the opening set in the last two rounds, so Kyrgios may represent some value in that market at 9/5.

The underdog, though, has lost the opening set in three of his five matches, so it may pay dividends to go for either player to lose the first set and win the match at 29/10 as one of our Djokovic v Kyrgios betting tips.

Nick Kyrgios

Opposing Djokovic may seem foolish, but he has dropped sets in four of his six matches and has looked far from invincible over the two weeks.

Not many players can say they are unbeaten against Djokovic, even if those wins came in 2017, and Kyrgios’ confidence is high thanks to a serve that has been working metronomically despite a shoulder problem which troubled him against Brandon Nakashima.

That didn’t seem to affect him during his straight-sets victory over Cristian Garin so a win for the bad boy of tennis at 29/10 is the last of our Djokovic v Kyrgios betting tips.

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Warren Barner