“Talent-Wise Nadal and Djokovic Aren’t Even Close”: Nick Kyrgios Calls Roger Federer the GOAT

Published 02/08/2021, 8:16 AM EST
Nick Kyrgios of Australia and Roger Federer of Switzerland pose for photos during the Laver Cup 2018 Chicago Launch at Cloud Gate on March 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


The Australian Open 2021 has just begun and Nick Kyrgios got off to a great start at the Grand Slam. The Australian player completely thrashed Frederico Ferreira Silva in the first round in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

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Nick Kyrgios delivered a total of 14 aces in the match and looked in great form. His first serve win percentage was a whopping 84% which indicates how dominant he was during the match.

In the post-match press conference, the Australian player faced a really tricky question. Asked about the toughest player out of the ‘Big Three’, Kyrgios came up with quite an interesting response.

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“All, all are great in their own way,” began Kyrgios. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen someone may be so dominant in their period of time as Novak. Like, he went on that 60-match winning streak or something. Crazy!”

Although Kyrgios appreciated Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, he believes Roger Federer is the greatest player of all time.

“I mean in my opinion, Roger is the greatest of all time. With his skill set, the way he plays the game…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,” added the Australian player.

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“Andy was tougher than Novak”: Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios admitted that it was really difficult to pick the toughest one out of the Big Three. However, he revealed that he actually faced more difficulty in facing Andy Murray than Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Nick Kyrgios of Australia after losing the match as part of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel 2017 at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess on March 02, 2017, in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent via Getty Images)

“It’s a tough one, me personally, I’ve played them all. I actually think Andy for me was tough, tougher than Novak to play. I’ve only played Novak twice, I’ve played Andy six times and I’ve won on five. Nadal, I actually think, I match up quite well against Nadal…Styles make fights in tennis. All the match-ups are different,” accepted Kyrgios.

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Kyrgios surely believes that every match-up is different and there is no common basis to classify opponents as tough or not.

Nick Kyrgios will next face Ugo Humbert in the second round of the Australian Open 2021. After his great start, fans certainly have huge expectations from him. Will Kyrgios be able to lift his maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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