Djokovic, the 20-time Majors winner, will be the favorite when he takes on the Australian tennis player, who is known alike for his temperamental demeanor on and off the court.
Djokovic defeated local candidate Cameron Norie in four sets in the semi-finals to reach the final, while Kyrgios had an easy road ahead as his rival Rafael Nadal was ruled out with an abdominal injury during their quarter-final match.
Djokovic, however, revealed that he is accepting the opportunity to make more history at Wimbledon this weekend, when he beat Nori to reach a record 32nd Grand Slam final.
The 35-year-old is aiming for a seventh Wimbledon crown and 21st major title as he aims to bridge the gap between 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.
“I know what’s on the line. Every match, every Grand Slam that I get to play at this point in my career, has a lot to offer,” Djokovic said in a post-match press conference.
“I don’t know how many Grand Slam chances I’ll have to win the trophy, as I’ll have in a few days. So, of course, I’m approaching it with [a] Positive attitude and self-confidence and desire to win. There is no doubt about it,” he said.
It will be the first time Kyrgios has reached a Grand Slam final, but Djokovic knows Kyrgios will pose a challenge, with the 27-year-old leading the top seed 2-0 in his ATP head-to-head series.
“The experience I have at this level, playing in the finals against someone who has never played a Grand Slam final can be a little in my favor. But at the same time, knowing who he is and how he can play his tennis About how he goes and his attitude on the court, he doesn’t get under much pressure,” Djokovic said.
“He plays lights-out every time he gets on the court. He has a lot of power on his serve and his game. So I’m sure he’s going to go for it. No doubt he’s going to be aggressive. He is going. I expect him to do that,” the ATP Tour website quoted him as saying.
World No. 40 Kyrgios has won against the ‘Big Four’ – Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray – in his career – one of the few to do so. This is a record Djokovic is aware of. And the top seeds are hoping for fireworks when the two meet in Center Court on Sunday. Djokovic goes to the final knowing that he has been there and one that Kyrgios has nothing to lose as he has already exceeded his dream by reaching the final.
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