Mats Wilander: "The crowd will most probably be on Nick Kyrgios’ side because.."
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The Wimbledon final between Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic arouses great interest from everyone. Mats Wilander does not want to underestimate Nick Kyrgios and his qualities
"Obviously, Novak Djokovic is the favourite on paper, but Nick Kyrgios is serving maybe the best that anyone has served since Pete Sampras," Wilander told Eurosport.
"It’s very hard to understand how Novak Djokovic is going to get a lot of returns back in play - but that’s Novak Djokovic, he does. "I think it all depends on Nick Kyrgios and how he serves. If he has a great serving day, he has a chance.
From the baseline, it is going to be very tough for Kyrgios. Yes, Djokovic is the favourite, but you want Nick Kyrgios to play great so that we have a great final. "I think the crowd most probably will be behind the person that is not winning mostly.
I think at the start, the crowd will most probably be on Nick Kyrgios’ side because a lot of people will come to Wimbledon and not have seen Nick Kyrgios play." Nick Kyrgios must create an environment in which he could have additional chances to win.
We will see whose side the crowd will be on. "I think the more interesting question is how Nick Kyrgios is going to engage the crowd, how is he going to interact with the crowd. Will it take him needing to be winning from the beginning to be positive, talk to the crowd, and talk to his box.
Literally, I have no idea what is going to happen between these two in terms of body language and in terms of who the crowd is going to support. We know Nick is going to serve big, and we know that Novak is going to try and move Nick around from the baseline.
Novak has won 20 Grand Slams, and made 32 Slam finals in 68 Grand Slam tournaments – that is an unbelievable record."
Novak Djokovic on the match
Novak Djokovic revealed his expectations before this match. “The job is not finished.
One thing is for sure, there will be a lot of fireworks emotionally, from both of us. It’s going to be his first Grand Slam final and he’s going to be very excited. He doesn’t have much to lose, and he’s always playing like that.
He plays so freely, he has one of the biggest serves in the game. He has a lot of power in his shots. We haven’t played for some time. I’ve never won a set off him so hopefully, it can be different this time. It’s another final for me here, so hopefully, the experience can work in my favour”.