“Get Your Own Game”: Nick Kyrgios Unhappy With Grigor Dimitrov Copying Roger Federer

Published 11/26/2021, 8:59 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates beating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day Five of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Roger Federer plays tennis with an elegance which makes the sport look much simpler than it is. Everyone who’s idolized him over the years has tried to play like Roger, and few have succeeded. Recently, the Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios called out Grigor Dimitrov for modelling his game after the Swiss legend.

In the second episode of his podcast, ‘No Boundaries’, Kyrgios talked about Grigor’s inspiration from Federer.

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Kyrgios criticizes Dimitrov for modeling Roger Federer

Nick Kyrgios has never been one to mince his words about anyone. This time, he took a dig at the Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov. In the second episode of ‘No Boundaries Podcast’, Kyrgios discussed how Roger Federer has been the most influential player on the tour.

Australian Nick Kyrgios discusses a call with the chair umpire during a match | Credits: TODAY Sports

Nick criticized Grigor Dimitrov for trying to imitate the Swiss. He said, “The most influential player to ever play is Federer. Like people model their game. There’s guys like Dimitrov, who literally model their game. Get your own game. I love Grigor, but imitation is the worst form of flattery.”

The Bulgarian has often been compared to Federer as they have a similar playing style. At one point, he even stated that the comparisons to Roger were fun as a kid but ‘not that much now’.

Grigor had a remarkable end to the 2021 season as he reached the semi-finals of the Indian Wells, defeating top-seeded players like Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz on his way. What do you make of Nick’s comments about Dimitrov?

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Federer and Kyrgios’ participation at the ‘Happy Slam’ 2022

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer, has pulled out from the Australian Open 2022. He’s still recovering from his knee surgery and won’t be competing professionally for a while. Even his involvement at Wimbledon remains up in the air as of now.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland looks dejected as he leaves centre court after losing to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the quarter finals of the gentlemen’s singles during Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Nick Kyrgios was in the headlines recently about his comments calling for the cancellation of Australian Open 2022. He has since backtracked on those statements. Fans will expect to see the Aussie compete at the Grand Slam on his home turf.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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