It’s the last day of the third grand slam of the year and it’s time for our Wimbledon 2022 Men’s Final Prediction by Alex Mann.
We witnessed a fantastic final which saw Elena Rybakina lift the Venus Rosewater Dish, as she came back to defeat Ons Jabeur in 3 thrilling sets.
Rybakina wrote her name in the history books, becoming the first Kazakh tennis player to win a major title.
Ons Jabeur got off to the best start in the match, taking an early lead, as Ryabkina struggled to adjust to the Tunisian’s low skidding slices and her delicate drop shots. Jabeur motored through the games, winning the first set, 6-3.
Any nerves Rybakina might have had in the first set had diminished as she broke Jabeur’s serve in the first game of the second set.
The Kazakh went from strength to strength, showing her serving and groundstroke prowess to overpower an error-stricken Jabeur, taking the second set 6-2.
By this point, Rybakina had got to grips with Jabeur’s game and immediately broke again at the beginning of the third set to take an early advantage.
A frustrated Jabeur, thought she had rediscovered her form when she fashioned three breakpoint opportunities on Rybakina’s serve at 0-40 2-3.
Rybakina showed some impeccable shot-making to save all three breakpoints, not allowing Jabeur to get a foothold in the match.
Another break was the nail in the coffin for Jabeur as Rybakina stormed to victory in the third set, winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to lift her first major title at The All England Club.
There were also wins for Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden, coming back from 2 sets to 1 down to defeat Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in 5 to lift the men’s doubles trophy.
Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda ended Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid’s ten consecutive wheelchair doubles major titles.
Diede de Groot defeated Yui Kamiji to win the women’s wheelchair singles title.
Novak Djokovic (1) vs Nick Kyrgios
One of the most intriguing Wimbledon matchups sees number 1 seed Novak Djokovic attempt to win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon and 21st overall major title. The talented Nick Kyrgios is trying to win his first.
It’s hard to predict how this match will unfold, but we will know both players will bring out the best in each other.
Djokovic will look to extend the rallies using his consistency and pinpoint accuracy on both his forehand and backhand to pressurize Kyrgios into errors.
Djokovic will also try to neutralize Kyrgios’ serve with his reliable return to put the Australian on his back foot and force him to hit his first shot off-balance. The Serb has also utilised the drop shot to good use in this tournament, moving his opponents back behind the court before delicately dropping the ball down the line over the net.
However, Djokovic has looked susceptible to losing sets early in matches, most notably against Sinner and Norrie. The Serb cannot afford to do this today as Kyrgios won’t give him many chances to break.
Kyrgios’ biggest weapon is his serve. He’s been able to motor through service games in the blink of an eye and it has helped him get out of trouble many times during the tournament. The Australian’s ability to hit any position within the service box is something to behold. It will make even arguably the best returner in the world, Djokovic, struggle to send it back with interest.
If his serve isn’t firing, Kyrgios possesses a whole bag of shots in his locker. A crushing forehand, which he can loop or flatten out from almost anywhere on the court, exquisite drop shots and volleys and a backhand which he can use to change the ball’s direction out of nowhere.
This being said, Djokovic’s strength lies in making his opponent miss and Kyrgios could easily get rattled.
Kyrgios has struggled with staying mentally strong during matches throughout his career. Still, he has improved this fortnight, being rock solid from the back of the courts during important points and re-grouping well when down in games.
Kyrgios will have to play one of the matches of his life, but if he does, I think he has the game to beat Djokovic.
Prediction – Kyrgios in 5 sets
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Elise Mertens and Shuai Zhang (1) vs Barbora Krejcikova and Kate?ina Siniakova (2)
A mouth-watering doubles match between the top two seeds. Krejcikova and Siniakova have won four major doubles titles together while Zhang has one three and Mertens two, so all have experience in this position. All the competitors are exceptional doubles and singles players, so expect fearsome cross-court rallies and exquisite net play. This match could go either way, but I’m predicting that the Czech’s will add another title to their trophy cabinet.
Prediction – Krejcikova and Siniakova in 3 sets