Kyrgios openly lashed out at Nadal and Djokovic (Part 1)
“Australian equine horse” despised two legendary senior men when interviewed by the New York Times on 16/5.
“He’ll be fine if he wins, but no matter what he loses”, Nick Kyrgios commented on Rafael Nadal. “When he wins, he praises the opponent. But when he loses, he will judge me with a tone like ‘He doesn’t respect me, doesn’t respect the audience and the sport.”
In February, Kyrgios defeated Nadal 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 in the Mexican Open in a match where the Australian player almost gave up due to an injury. Nadal was annoyed that day because Kyrgios had many disrespectful situations for the Spanish player, such as serve under the shoulder or overjoyed at saving three match-points. The “clay king” then criticized the Australian juniors at a post-match press conference.
“My uncle Toni Nadal came and told me it was a lack of education,” Kyrgios added, on the New York Times’ No Challenges Remaining. “I studied 12 years at that school, my short-sighted old man. I did eat well. I understood that he was disappointed, because I defeated his family members again.”
Kyrgios won three and lost three of his six encounters with Nadal. The 24-year-old player’s record against the world number one Novak Djokovic is even more impressive. He won two matches and never lost before “Nole”.
“No matter how many Grand Slams Djokovic wins, he will never be the greatest in my eyes,” Kyrgios said, thinking about the Serbian senior. “Simply because I have met him twice and unfortunately, he could not win me.”
Undeniable Djokovic is a talented player, but Kyrgios also “dipped” seniors in terms of personality. “I have a feeling this guy has a sick obsession with wanting to be loved by others,” the Australian tennis player added about Djokovic. “He just wants to be like Roger Federer. That’s what makes me ‘itchy’. Look at how he celebrated his victory after the match. It’s really awkward. Every time I see him celebrate victory, I’m tired. He also says only what people want to hear, instead of giving his opinion.”