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Novak Djokovic may have to battle Wimbledon crowd as well as Nick Kyrgios, says top analyst

"Novak has won 20 Grand Slams, made 32 Slam finals in 68 Grand Slam tournaments – that is an unbelievable record."
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Novak Djokovic may have to battle the crowd as well as Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final, according to former world number one Mats Wilander.

Djokovic is a popular player at Wimbledon without question, with the fans at the All England Club growing to appreciate his incredible achievements there.

He will face Kyrgios at a strange time in the Australian's career, with the antics that have defined his career so far being more accepted by fans than ever before.

At his best, Kyrgios is able to whip the crowd into a frenzy, and Wilander believes he could charm the crowd onto his side in the Wimbledon final, although Djokovic may well be able to turn it to his advantage too.

"I think the crowd most probably will be behind the person that is not winning mostly," Wilander told Eurosport.

"I think at the start the crowd will most probably be on Nick Kyrgios’ side because a lot of people will come to Wimbledon and not have seen Nick Kyrgios play.

"I think the more interesting question is how Nick Kyrgios is going to engage the crowd, how is he going to interact with the crowd.

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"Will it take him needing to be winning from the beginning to be positive, talk to the crowd, talk to his box.

"Literally I have no idea what is going to happen between these two in terms of body language and in terms of who the crowd is going to support.

"We know Nick is going to serve big, and we know that Novak is going to try and move Nick around from the baseline.

"Novak has won 20 Grand Slams, made 32 Slam finals in 68 Grand Slam tournaments – that is an unbelievable record."

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