We are living in arguably the greatest era of tennis and the debate for who is the best among the “BIG Three” keeps raging on and now Nick Kyrgios has also decided to weigh in on the matter.
With Rafael Nadal inching closer to overtake Roger Federer’s slam tally and Novak Djokovic on the cusp of breaking Federer’s record for most weeks at number 1, many are of the opinion that the GOAT status may well be over for Roger. However, Kyrgios doesn’t believe so.
The Australian star is a part of the Australian open and was speaking before his match,where in he put forward his thoughts on GOAT debate,Novak Djokovic and his chances at the year’s first slam.
“No one is close to Federer” says Kyrgios
“I think in my opinion I believe Roger is the greatest of all time. With his skill set, the way he plays the game, I think it’s pure. I actually think talent-wise Nadal and Djokovic aren’t even close to Roger. Talent-wise, just purely based on talent the way Federer plays, his hands, his serving, his volleys, untouchable,” he said.
“Rafa, you will never see someone so dominant on one surface ever. I don’t think we will ever see that amazing accomplishment on clay, the best clay courter of all time.”he added.
On the other hand, Nick Kyrgios has been locked in a pretty strong feud with the world number 1 Novak Djokovic, going so far as to call the Serbian “a strange cat”
The entire issue had started with Nick calling Novak a “tool” over his quarantine antics and Novak had retaliated by stating that he had little respect for him off the court.
“He’s a very strange cat, Novak is. Heck of a tennis player, but unfortunately someone that’s partying with his shirt off during a global pandemic, I don’t know if I can take any slack from that man. That’s as bad as it gets for me.”Kyrgios said on the entire feud.
.Kyrgios has losing records against Federer and Nadal but defeated both in their first meeting, while he holds a 2-0 winning record over Novak Djokovic and is yet to drop a set against the world No.1.
“Roger is the greatest, for me. But Novak, obviously what he’s doing now, look, I’m just watching him play (Jeremy) Chardy and Chardy doesn’t even believe that he can win, and when you reach that status, you must be pretty good.”the Australian concluded.
Nadal,Kyrgios and the big guns win at the Australian Open-
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal on Tuesday registered a breezy win over Laslo Djere in his opening match at the Australian Open 2021 to move into the second round at Melbourne Park.
Nadal, who was suffering from back issues just before the start of the tournament, had no problems outclassing Djere 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 at the Rod Laver Arena.
Nick Kyrgios too mostly kept his cool in an impressive 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win against an opponent ranked 184.