Former doubles World No. 1 Paul McNamee praised Novak Djokovic's return technique against Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final this year. The Serbian clinched his seventh grasscourt Major title by defeating the Australian 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) in July.
Kyrgios' serve is one of his strongest skills, as evidenced by the 30 aces he served throughout the match and his 73% first serve success rate. While his serve approach succeeded in the first set, Djokovic demonstrated why he is the champion by adjusting his return technique.
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The depth of his return caused Kyrgios to become uncertain about his next shot as the 21-time Grand Slam champion began to put more and more balls into play. In the end, the former World No. 1 emerged victorious.
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Australian former doubles World No.1 Paul McNamee responded to the post, stating that it was the Wimbledon Final. He said that only a player at the top of his game, like Lew Hoad, could have defeated Kyrgios that day. He went on to say that Djokovic returned exceptionally well against the best server in the sport.
“Wimbledon Final… only one player (and perhaps Lew Hoad) playing at his zenith, could have beaten @NickKyrgios that day… truly remarkable returning against the best serve in the sport,” wrote McNamee.