We might as well call the Sunday in July which hosts the Wimbledon Groundhog Day final, because that’s how Novak Djokovic made it feel.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion recovered from a set in classic Djokovic fashion to control his match against Nick Kyrgios and defeat another Slam challenger, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) .
Djokovic entered this event as the heavy favorite to win it, and as he has done many times before, he delivered.
At -120, the Serb edged Matteo Berrettini (+550), Rafael Nadal (+700) and Carlos Alcaraz (+1200) before the tournament, but eventually his opponent in the final, Kyrgios, opened at +2500.
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Coming into this game, Djokovic opened between -450 and -550, but heavy action on Kyrgios brought the line closer to -350 / +270 early in the game.
After giving up the first set, Djokovic went down to -150, but he never went below that point as he took firm control of every set beyond that.
This is the fifth time Djokovic has entered the championships as a favourite. Twice it did not open as such.
In 2011, Roger Federer (+200) was the pre-tournament favorite, and Nadal (+225) was also ahead of Djokovic, who eventually beat Nadal in the final.
After securing more titles in 2014 and 2015, Djokovic entered the 2018 championships as a +600 underdog after one of the most tumultuous years of his career due to form and injuries.
Federer (+190) was the initial favorite, but Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson in the final.
Kyrgios is the fifth different person Djokovic has beaten in a Wimbledon final, following Federer, Nadal, Anderson and last year’s opponent Berrettini.
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