Nick Kyrgios Sheds Light on the Reason Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are Superior to Him

Published 01/12/2024, 1:43 AM EST

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The ‘Big’3’—Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal—are three legendary tennis figures who everyone undoubtedly aspires to be like on the men’s tour. However, it might not be the same case with the Australian tennis player  Nick Kyrgios, as he is not willing to make ‘sacrifices’, according to his latest disclosures.

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In an honest discussion, the former Wimbledon finalist lauded the ‘Big 3’ for their remarkable legacies on the tennis circuit. Meanwhile, the ‘bad boy of tennis’ also drew parallels between himself and the three ‘GOATs’ as he brought to light a major reason that makes him different from Novak, Rafa, and Roger.

Nick Kyrgios is not willing to make ‘sacrifices’ like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal

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As he is on the sidelines owing to his fitness issues, the Australian tennis player recently spoke candidly about his on and off-the-court endeavors. In the process, Nick Kyrgios also compared his ‘personality’ to that of the tennis greats Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal.

In a recent episode of the ‘What Now? with Trevor Noah’ podcast show, the controversial tennis star said, “You look at Roger and Novak and Nadal, like, I’m not saying they’re doing it wrong. Like they’ve bought into the process. And they’ve become, you know, champions and whatever. But I just think I’m just not that personality.”

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He added, “Like I love gaming. I love hanging out with my friends. I love feeling normal. I’ve gotten to get a coffee like I love. And then if I’m playing some pro tennis on the side, that’s great. But like, it’s like, I’m not willing to sacrifice these other things that make me really, really happy.” The ‘bad boy of tennis’ might not emulate the likes of Novak, Rafa, and Roger; however, he holds a rare ‘Big 3’ feat.

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Kyrgios’ rare ‘Big 3’ record on the men’s tour

The controversial tennis star is one of the few players on the ATP tour who have managed to overcome all three greats: Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal. In fact, Kyrgios currently has a 2-1 lead against the 24-time singles Grand Slam champion in their H2H record. He managed to overcome Djokovic in their first two meetings at the BNP Paribas Open and Abierto Mexicano Telcel, and that too in straight sets.

The ‘King of the Clay,’ on the other hand, has also faced three defeats against Kyrgios at Wimbledon, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, and the Western and Southern Open. Meanwhile, Federer has also faced the Aussie on seven occasions, and his only defeat came at the Madrid Open.

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Nick Kyrgios is known for presenting his opinions candidly. Although this attitude makes him get mixed up in controversies, it also makes him truly honest. What are your thoughts on Kyrgios’ take on the Big 3?

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Anurag Gusain

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Like millions of fans around the world, my foray into the world of tennis began after witnessing the incredible domination of the ?King of Clay? over the past decade. It was my passion for tennis that initially drew me to the dynamic field of sports journalism. My professional journey in sports journalism with EssentiallySports has seen me cover over 1000 articles, focusing on almost every ATP and WTA tournament, including Grand Slams.
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