Nick Kyrgios loves being controversial, and during a recent interview with the “No Challenges Remaining Podcast,” he went to an all new level after attacking Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal with extremely harsh comments.
Djokovic with a sick obsession to be liked
Talking about the world no.1, the Australian commented
“I just feel like he’s got a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be Federer. I feel he wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This whole celebration thing is so cringeworthy, it’s very cringeworthy.
Djokovic just riles me the wrong way. He always says what he thinks he needs to say rather than his actual opinion. The celebration just kills me. Honestly, if I play him and beat him again, I’m doing the celebration in front of him, that would be hilarious.
[Djokovic] is unbelievable, a champion of the sport, one of the greatest we will ever see. I think he will get the Grand Slam count and overtake Federer. But no matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest to me.
Simply because I’ve played him twice and, I’m sorry, but if you cannot beat me, you cannot be the greatest of all time. If you look at my day to day routine, at how much I train and put in it’s zero compared to him.”
Kyrgios has a 2-0 win-loss against Djokovic, 4-0 in terms of sets. (see full stats)
Rafael Nadal is a bad loser
Then the Australian aimed at Nadal that criticized him pretty badly after he defeated the Spaniard in Acapulco. Kyrgios commented
“Every time I’ve beaten him when he wins, it’s fine. He won’t say anything bad, he’ll credit the opponent, ‘He was a great player’.
But as soon as I beat him, it’s just like, ‘He has no respect for me, my fans and no respect to the game’. And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? I literally played this way when I beat you the other previous times, and nothing changed, nothing changed. When you beat me in Rome here a couple of years ago, nothing changed; I was the same person’.”
Kyrgios has a 3-3 win-loss record against Nadal (see stats).
Calling Uncle Toni an idiot
Kyrgios had something also for Uncle Toni to say
“And then Uncle Toni came out saying, ‘He lacks education.’ I’m like, ‘Bra, I did 12 years at school, you idiot. I’m very educated. I understand that you’re upset; I beat your family again’.”
Probably Uncle Toni was lost in translation as when the Spaniard was talking about “education,” he was probably referring to “manners.”
Roger Federer is the Greatest
Nick had kind words for Federer to say
“For me, Federer will always be the greatest of all time, hands down. What he’s done on all surfaces. What Rafa’s done as well is pretty scary. He’s won how many Roland Garroses? Eleven. He adapted his game to grass as well, which is pretty crazy.”
Kyrgios has a 1-3 head to head record against Federer. (see stats)
Verdasco the most arrogant guy
“Verdasco drives me nuts, man. That guy. I don’t even want to talk about it. It gets me so vexed, I’m like angry now that I just hear that name. He’s the most arrogant person ever.
He doesn’t say hello, he thinks he’s so good, he thinks he’s God’s gift. Dude, your backhand’s pretty average and let’s be honest, you hit a ball over a net.
Guy’s like that, they drive me insane. There’s no humility there, there’s no perspective, it’s just like, ‘I’m here, I’m so cool, I’m unbelievable because I hit a ball over the net. Do this for me, do this for me, I won’t say hello to you, I’m too important’. Guys like that. See how angry I’m getting? It kills me. He just rubs me the wrong way.”
Kyrgios has a 2-0 head to head record against Verdasco. (see stats)
About being friend with Wawrinka
Finally, the Australian revealed that he is a friend of Stan Wawrinka despite the fact that he once slegded him with the (in)famous ‘Kokkinalis banged your girlfriend’ revelation while playing each other. Nick defined that episode as hilarious, but he admitted he wouldn’t do that again.
That was plenty of stuff…
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