Wimbledon Final Betting Preview: July 10 Men's Final Bet Pick
The gentlemen's final of Wimbledon in 2022 pits one of the all-time great champions in men's tennis against one of its all-time most mercurial players.
Novak Djokovic will be playing for his 21st major title in Sunday's final, while Australian Nick Kyrgios looks for his first major singles championship and validation for a career filled with on-court antics.
In this match, the mental fortitude of both players will be tested in very different ways, which could decide its outcome entirely.
Novak Djokovic is no stranger to the Wimbledon final, as he has won this tournament six times in his illustrious career. But his path to this final was anything but smooth, as he dropped at least one set to four of his six opponents to get here.
After coming back from two sets down to beat Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals, Djokovic had to come back to win in four sets after dropping the first to Cam Norrie in the semifinals.
In the final, the main goal for Djokovic will be to make Nick Kyrgios work as much as he possibly can throughout the match. Kyrgios has one of the most lethal first serves in men's tennis today but is known to get frustrated and make mistakes when forced to play long rally after long rally.
Djokovic is one of the greatest returners of serve in the history of tennis, and if he can simply force Kyrgios to keep hitting groundstrokes, he could induce a Kyrgios meltdown and cruise to major title number 21.
Nick Kyrgios has never played in a major championship match in singles competition, as Sunday will be his first experience in that environment.
The Australian won the doubles title at this year's Australian Open alongside countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis, but this will be an entirely new environment without a teammate to work with and away from home soil.
Kyrgios' entry to the final came in part from the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal before their semifinal match, and the 40th ranked player in the world will look to take advantage of the situation on Sunday.
Kyrgios is known for his heavy first serve, which has been at its best during this fortnight at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. He has landed 70% of his first serves in play during the tournament so far, which has allowed him to secure quick and easy points on a regular basis.
Against a player like Djokovic, who is always the favorite in baseline rallies due to his superior defense, Kyrgios must continue to pump in high-velocity first serves to have a chance to pick up a third win over Djokovic in their third ever matchup.
Keys To The Match
For Novak Djokovic, the biggest key to this match will be the first two sets, where he has struggled in his last couple of matches. If he comes out and snuffs out Kyrgios' hopes of winning early, he will frustrate an opponent that is easily frustrated and could waltz to victory.
If he drops an early set and gives Kyrgios confidence and cause to engage in the Australian's trademark gamesmanship, the frustration could appear on Djokovic's side of the court to his detriment.
On Kyrgios' side, the biggest key to this match will be how he handles his first singles championship match from a mental perspective. He has been more reserved than usual during the last couple of rounds of this tournament, opting to avoid outbursts toward the chair umpire or his equipment.
If he continues to focus on tennis, rather than trying to get into the head of his opponent and those tasked with officiating the match, he has the talent to beat anyone on the planet.
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