Nick Kyrgios has labelled Carlos Alcaraz a ‘freak’ after the Spaniard’s thrilling victory over Novak Djokovic in this year’s Wimbledon final. Alcaraz won his first title at the All England Club by downing Djokovic in five sets to hand the Serb his first defeat at SW19 in over six years.
Djokovic was the hot favourite after beating Alcaraz in straight sets at the French Open earlier this year but was blown away by the 20-year-old, who edged a tightly-poised match on Centre Court to win a battle for the ages. He did more than enough to impress Kyrgios, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final and was left in awe of Alcaraz’s performance on the biggest stage of them all.
The Aussie was watching from home after missing this year’s tournament due to injury and simply tweeted: “Alcaraz is a freak,” before thanking both players for putting on such a spectacular show.
“Haven’t watched a whole tennis match in a long time haha,” he added. “THANKYOU @DjokerNole and @carlosalcaraz for putting on that incredible performance. Congratulations to you both.”
Alcaraz managed to wrap up his latest and greatest victory over Djokovic after four hours and 42 minutes, marking the second-longest final in Wimbledon history. He also became the third-youngest man to win the tournament in the open era after Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg, who were aged 17 and 20 respectively when they lifted the iconic trophy for the first time.
Kyrgios, meanwhile, was left red-faced by Sunday’s result after vowing before the start of Wimbledon that nobody would be able to stop Djokovic, who had been widely expected to wrap up yet another Grand Slam title after triumphing in France and Australia earlier this year.
“I hope [Djokovic] gets 30 [Grand Slam titles], it would make me look better because I lost to him at Wimbledon,” said Kyrgios before the tournament. “But yeah, it’s an amazing achievement. I know how hard he works, how much it means to him obviously.
“Missing out on some Grand Slams as well, not being able to get in the country sometimes and obviously that time in Australia. I know that he’d probably be on like 25 or 26 [majors] at the moment, so I know that he is hungry. People think he will slow down, I think it’ll only make him more motivated to get more. So I hope he gets to 28, 30. No one can stop [Djokovic at Wimbledon] if it’s not me.”