Fans in Melbourne will have the chance to watch an incredible duel ahead of the Australian Open! Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios will enjoy an exhibition match at Rod Laver Arena on Friday the 13th. Tickets went online Tuesday morning for $20 and sold out in 58 minutes!
Therefore, Djokovic and Kyrgios will compete in front of a packed crowd, putting on a good show. Novak and Nick were far from friends in the past, and the Australian used every opportunity to attack the Serb. Their relationship took a turn for the better last year when Nick defended Novak during their 10-day Australian saga.
Kyrgios held the upper hand over Djokovic in their opening matches on Tour, and they met again in the Wimbledon final last year. Nick played well to reach his first Major semifinal, receiving a walkover from Rafael Nadal and setting up the title clash against Djokovic.
The Serb needed three hours and a minute to achieve a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 triumph and lift his seventh Wimbledon crown. Novak saved five of six break points and broke Nick for the first time in his career in the second set to begin his comeback.
Nick got off to a perfect start in his first Major final, taking the first 6-4 in 31 minutes. He broke Novak at 2-2 after the Serb’s double fault and held after two in the tenth game with a T-line ace for 6-4.
Novak pressed hard on the return at 2-1 in the second set and created three break points with a backhand cross winner. He seized the first after a lucky net lace winner for a massive 3-1 lead.
Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic will compete in Melbourne on Friday.
Djokovic served for the set at 5-3 and found himself 40-0 behind.
Novak kept his cool, denying four break points and firing a service winner on set point to clinch the 1-1 result after 70 minutes. With momentum coming his way, Djokovic controlled the pace in set number three, dropping six points behind the opening shot and securing a late break.
The Australian received a warning for swearing after being interrupted by someone in the crowd, but he still held on and kept in touch. Djokovic created a break chance after Kyrgios’s double fault at 4-4, and Nick netted a backhand to fall behind.
Novak held at 30 in the tenth game to clinch the set and move closer to the finish line. Both players served well in the first ten games of the fourth set. Kyrgios closed out the eleventh game with an ace and Djokovic served to stay in the set for the second time.
He produced another good hold to lock out the result at 6-6 and introduce a tie-break. Novak opened a 2-0 lead with a game-winning volley and took two more mini-breaks to make it 4-1. The Serb claimed an extended rally to earn five match points.
The Australian saved the first with a forehand winner into the net and fired his 30th ace for 3-6. Novak converted the third match point after the opponent’s backhand error to start a massive celebration of his 21st Grand Slam crown. Djokovic returns to Australia after missing out last year, eager to chase a 10th trophy at Melbourne Park.