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Nick Kyrgios summoned to court for common assault

On Sunday, Nick Kyrgios will try to realize his childhood dream and win a Grand Slam title, after reaching a first final at Wimbledon. The Australian hothead, known for his dodgy temper on the court, and his place against Serbian Novak Djokovic were confirmed after Spaniard Rafa Nadal withdrew from their semi-final with injury on Friday. While Kyrgios, ranked 40th in the world, is aiming for a first Grand Slam victory, Djokovic is hoping to clinch a 21st.

If he won in London on Sunday, Djokovic would knock Swiss icon Roger Federer out of the all-time list in second place behind Nadal, who has won an incredible 22 Grand Slam titles.

But first, the controversial Serb has to beat Kyrgios.

In recent years, the two tennis stars have divided opinion, with Kyrgios’ antics on the pitch dividing the public at home and in the stadium.

He has routinely abused judges on the court, as well as members of the crowd, attacking what he sees as in-game violations.

Nick Kyrgios’ fury over bitter Novak Djokovic row: ‘Atrocious’ (Image: GETTY)

Novak Djokovic in action against Cameron Norrie

Novak Djokovic in action against Cameron Norrie (Image: GETTY)

For Djokovic, many will want his Wimbledon run to end in defeat on Sunday due to his controversial views on vaccines, especially the COVID-19 vaccine.

As the world prepared to get vaccinated with a series of different drugs to quell the fierce coronavirus outbreak, Djokovic openly admitted he would not be medicated.

The fallout on Djokovic has been fierce, with many pundits and fans around the world demanding he never return to the pitch again.

But in Kyrgios, the 35-year-old found a surprise ally, who came out in support of Djokovic’s wish not to be vaccinated.

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Novak Djokovic aims for a 21st Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic aims for a 21st Grand Slam (Image: GETTY)

Kyrgios, who previously endured a frosty relationship with Djokovic, spoke out earlier this year when the Serbian’s visa was canceled as he attempted to enter Australia for the Australian Open grand slam .

The row over whether Djokovic should be allowed to play took place in the Australian Prime Minister’s offices, and he was ultimately refused entry to the country due to his unvaccinated status.

After Kyrgios spoke out in favor of Djokovic, the current world number three told his rival ‘thank you for supporting me’ on Instagram.

Speaking on his No Boundaries podcast, Kyrgios went further, continuing, “I wasn’t who he expected to see in the media and support.

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Nick Kyrgios awaits Sunday's game

Nick Kyrgios awaits Sunday’s game (Image: GETTY)

“As a human, he obviously feels quite alienated in all of this.

“As a human being, it’s a dangerous place to be – when you feel like the world is against you, like you can’t do anything right.”

During the show, Kyrgios noted how Djokovic’s situation had become a “s**tshow”, before lashing out at Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who was behind the visa dispute.

The Australian tennis player added: “Hawke said he was a threat to our borders. Ah no he’s not. It’s like he’s a weapon of mass destruction right now .

Nick Kyrgios knockdown confirmed

Nick Kyrgios knockdown confirmed (Image: GETTY)

“He’s here to play tennis, he doesn’t do anything to anyone.

“The mistreatment of the people of Melbourne has been atrocious over the past two years. I understand the anger towards him for not having been vaccinated and for being given a medical exemption, but if you look at him on the face of it, he has his papers.

“Me and Novak have a bromance now, he’s back in custody and it’s screwed.

“We are boys now. I can’t wait for the Australian summer to be over and we can play ball.

“The party after Melbourne is going to be fucking crazy. I’m going to rent a house and just fucking crazy.”

Djokovic earned his place in the Wimbledon final by defeating British favorite Cameron Norrie on Friday.

His record against Kyrgios is poor, however, having lost both of his matches to the Aussie in 2017.

Wimbledon coverage continues across the BBC.

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