Wimbledon final 2022 LIVE BUILD-UP: Djokovic and Kyrgios face off on Centre Court after Rybakina beats Jabeur | The Sun

NOVAK DJOKOVIC takes on Nick Kyrgios today in a Wimbledon final that will delight tennis' more rebellious fans.

The pair went from bitter foes to betting a dinner on the result of today's match following Kyrgios' support for Djokovic when he was banned from the Australian Open over his refusal to take a Covid vaccine.

And the Aussie is no stranger to controversy himself, having riled Stefanos Tsitsipas into a third round defeat this year and hit a ball at Rafael Nadal back in 2019.

Kyrgios also wore a red cap and trainers to his fourth round match against Brandon Nakashima, flouting the All-England Club's 'all-white' rule.

The women's final saw a further blow to the Wimbledon establishment as Kate Middleton was forced to hand the Venus Rosewater Dish to Russia-born Elena Rybakina, who was representing Kazakhstan.

All Russian and Belarussian players had been banned from the tournament in protest at Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Kyrgios can double Aussie tally

    Nick Kyrgios can secure a second trophy for Australia at Wimbledon today.

    His compatriots Matt Ebden and Max Purcell won the doubles title against Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic of Croatia yesterday.

    And Kyrgios has the chance to add to Australia's trophy tally if he can beat Djokovic today on Centre Court in his first Grand Slam battle.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Can Djokovic clinch seventh title?

    Reigning Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic can clinch his seventh title today.

    The Serb takes on Kyrgios in what is set to be a pulsating clash on Centre Court in this afternoon's grand finale.

    And Djokovic can add another Wimbledon trophy to his glittering cabinet if he can dispose of the eccentric Aussie.

    He scooped his first trophy in 2011, then again in 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, and once more in 2021.

    A win today will put Djokovic on level trophies with tennis great Pete Sampras, and one behind Roger Federer who leads the pack with 8.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Kyrgios is 'already a Champion'

    Nick Kyrgios has been tipped for Wimbledon glory when he takes on Novak Djokovic for the Grand Slam title this afternoon.

    Kyrgios' brother Christos believes his sibling will leave Centre Court with the Championship in tow.

    And if he doesn't, Nick will still be a hero in his family's eyes, Christos revealed.

    He told the Sydney Morning Herald: "On Sunday night, I believe the rest of the world will get Nick Kyrgios the Wimbledon champion. For us, we’ve already got our baby brother back. Mum and Dad have got their son back.

    “He is already a champion in all our eyes. Seeing him mature and evolve back into the happy fulfilled version of himself is all that I could have asked for … I just want to see him winning in all aspects of life.”

  • Jon Boon

    That's all folks!

    That is all from us today at SW19.

    Thanks for enjoying the Women's Final, as Rybakina defeated Jabeur and won her first Grand Slam.

    But, stay tuned with us tomorrow for the Men's Final – as Novak Djokovic takes on Nick Kyrgios.

    Until then, it's goodnight.

  • Joshua Jones

    Heroic effort

    You don't see this every day!

    Mate Pavic is playing in the men's doubles final alongside Croatian compatriot Nikola Mektic against Aussie duo Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden.

    Incredibly, Pavic is playing with a reportedly BROKEN wrist.

    He took a fall earlier in the week but has it heavily strapped up.

    Thankfully it is his non-playing right hand but even so…

    And he has just served out the third set to take a 2-1 lead.

    Remarkable.

    Credit: AP
    Credit: PA
  • Joshua Jones

    'You wanted to see emotion'

    Applause breaks out in the press room as Elena Rybakina breaks down in tears.

    She is asked how proud she thinks her parents, who are not here at Wimbledon, must be.

    And the Kazakhstani then breaks down in tears.

    She then jokes: "You wanted to see emotion!"

  • Joshua Jones

    Ons inspiration

    Ons Jabeur revealed in press she had the Wimbledon trophy as her phone lock screen.

    She showed the journalists in the room and then joked: "Maybe I should have had the other plate!"

    And now it will be going back to being her niece.

  • Nyle Smith

    Checking her bank account balance

    The winners of both the Men's and Women's Singles will receive a £300 thousand increase from last year.

    Which means that Elena Rybakina has earned a whopping £2 million by winning Wimbledon 2022.

    That is most certainly something for the Russian born star to smile about this summer… well kind of.

    Credit: Getty
  • Jon Boon

    Rybakina's reaction

    Elena Rybakina admits she was super nervous before the match, and gave her reaction afterwards.

    She said: "I was super nervous before the match, during the match and I'm happy it's finished to be honest. Really I have never felt something like this. I want to thank the crowd for the support, it was unbelievable these two weeks.

    "But also I want to congratulate Ons for a great match and everything you have achieved. I think you are an inspiration for everybody. You have an amazing game. We don't have someone like this on tour and it is a joy to play against you. I ran so much, I don't think I need to do fitness anymore.

    "Thank you so much. It is just an unbelievable atmosphere. Thank you.

    "It's true I did not expect to be in the second week of a Grand Slam at Wimbledon. To be a winner is just amazing. I don't have the words to say how happy I am.

    "But I wouldn't be here without my team of course, so I want to say a big thanks to them. I want to say thanks to my coach, my sponsors, everyone. The most important is my parents of course, they are not here so I am very sorry. My sister is here and it is just the third time she comes to watch so I'm happy she is here. Without my parents I wouldn't be here for sure. Thank you so much everyone."

  • Nyle Smith

    The wait still goes on

    Ons Jabeur will be bitterly disappointed to not finally get her hands on a Grand Slam having been labelled as a favourite.

    The Tunisian has won three single titles on the WTA Tour and ELEVENsingle titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.

    But a Grand Slam is the one all tennis players strive for and Jabeur would have become the first Arab, African woman to clinch it.

    However, Raybakina simply wanted it more on the day which means Jabeur will have to wait until US Open for another shot.

  • Jon Boon

    History maker

    Elena Rybakina is calm and collected behind-the-scenes at Wimbledon as she shows off her prize.

    And behind her, etched into the history books and the winner's board at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, is her name.

    A job well done by the Russian-born star.

  • Nyle Smith

    First is not the worst

    Elena Rybakina's Wimbledon victory has now meant that she has secured her first career Grand Slam title.

    AND has now become the first ever Grand Slam winner from Kazakhstan.

    You wouldn't have believed it from the Russian born athlete's reaction after the win.

    But she was possibly in more shock than the whole of Centre Court and SW19.

  • Joshua Jones

    The red-faced moment

    Here is the moment the Duchess of Cambridge handed over the trophy to the Russia-born champ – on the year Russians were banned from the All England Club.

    Whoops.

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    Credit: AFP
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    Credit: EPA
  • Joshua Jones

    Ons' classy words

    As you'd expect, Jabeur was brilliant in her post-match speech.

    She said: "Thank you guys for your support, really appreciate it.

    "First of all I want to congratulate Elena and her team – great job and she deserved this and hopefully next time it will be mine.

    "Elena stole my title but it's OK!

    "I love this tournament so much and I feel really sad, but I'm trying to inspire many generations from my country. I hope they are listening.

    "I also want to thank his beautiful crowd for all their support over the two weeks. It's been amazing.

    "I want to wish Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating."

    Credit: Reuters
  • Joshua Jones

    Almost a blunder

    She then very nearly forgets to thank her own parents as she goes through the thank yous.

    Finally, she does remember to – leaving her sister cracking up with laughter!

  • Joshua Jones

    Let's hear from the champ

    Rybakina said: "I was super nervous before the match, during the match and I'm happy it's finished.

    "I ran today so much so I don't think I need to do fitness anymore!"

  • Joshua Jones

    So cool and collected

    Barely a smile from Elena Rybakina.

    She has just won Wimbledon, for crying out loud.

    A mightily impressive performance from the 23-year-old.

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    Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
  • Joshua Jones

    Here comes Kate…

    It's time for the presentation.

    With the trophy presented by the Duchess of Cambridge.

  • Joshua Jones

    RYBAKINA IS WIMBLEDON CHAMPION

    THAT'S IT.

    SHE'S DONE IT.

    Jabeur sends a backhand wide into the tramlines.

    And it's all over.

    Elena Rybakina is the Wimbledon champion.

  • Joshua Jones

    Rybakina* 3-6 6-2 5-2 Jabeur

    Jabeur refuses to give in.

    She follows up a Rybakina double fault with attacking play to move to 15-30.

    But a backhand misfires for 30-30.

    Then a shanked forehand from Jabeur brings up match point…

  • Joshua Jones

    Rybakina* 3-6 6-2 5-2 Jabeur

    RYBAKINA BREAKS!

    How does she do that?!

    Down 15-30, it is a crunch point and Jabeur somehow pulls out a drop shot from a high ball.

    But she loses the next point and it's break point…

    Brilliant from Rybakina who keeps the ball in the lines as Jabeur eventually goes long.

    She will serve for the Wimbledon title!

  • Joshua Jones

    Rybakina 3-6 6-2 4-2 Jabeur*

    Jabeur takes all the pace out of the Rybakina strikes with another drop shot.

    And then the 6ft Kazakhstani booms a short ball long…

    Is the pressure starting to tell?

    0-30…

    Perfect lob from Jabeur and it's three break points…

    First one saved…

    At 15-40, Jabeur pops over another drop shot… but it is just wide, confirmed by a challenge.

    Two saved, one left…

    Mammoth serve, even bigger backhand… all three saved!

    Jabeur uses up her last challenge as she goes long and Rybakina puts away a volley at the second time of asking after a let cord.

    A big blow for Jabeur, a big boost for Rybakina.

  • Joshua Jones

    Rybakina* 3-6 6-2 3-2 Jabeur

    Whoops…

    A perfect point at 30-15 from Rybakina, constructing it perfectly… before she sends a volley wildly out.

    That wasn't even close.

    A backhand long from the Kazakhstani seals the hold for Jabeur.

  • Joshua Jones

    Rybakina 3-6 6-2 3-1 Jabeur*

    Rybakina fires long on the opening point.

    But from there Jabeur struggles to cope with the heavy serving.

    However, she capitalists on a poor first volley to bring one point back before Rybakina holds again.

    She is three games away from the Wimbledon title.

  • Joshua Jones

    Rybakina* 3-6 6-2 2-1 Jabeur

    That's better from Jabeur.

    She gets the slice working and the ball fizzing and dancing all over this prestigious lawn.

    An acrobatic leave secures a much-needed hold.

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