“Comes Down to Match-Ups”: Andy Murray Speculates Why Nick Kyrgios Has Winning Record Against Novak Djokovic

Published 02/22/2021, 1:48 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Nick Kyrgios’ talent has been lauded a lot of times. He brings in a lot of aggression into the table and his matchups with the big 4 of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray have been talked about a lot. But surprisingly, Kyrgios has a winning record against Djokovic.

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Reacting to Kyrgios’ claims of Murray being the toughest big 4 opponents, the Brit spoke about the importance of match-ups in an individual-driven sport like tennis.

 “Sport generally, especially an individual one, tends to be about match-ups. I think Nick’s beaten Novak a couple of times when they’ve played. When I’ve played against him, I’ve been successful,” Murray told Essentially Sports.

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Andy Murray of Great Britain and Nick Kyrgios of Australia shake hands. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Interestingly, Kyrgios holds a 2-0 lead in the head-to-head with World No.1 Novak Djokovic. Speculating on why that is, Murray said that maybe the feud between Kyrgios and Djokovic fuels the Aussie to be successful against the Serbian.

“There are some players that I might find harder playing against than someone that seems like they’ve been more successful. It just comes down to match-ups. Maybe Nick is saying it because he doesn’t like Novak, I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter to me.”

Nick Kyrgios’ toughest opponent among Murray, Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer

Kyrgios has a 100% record against Djokovic whereas he has a 1-5 record against Murray. Even looking at the Aussie’s record against Federer, Kyrgios trails 6-1. Kyrgios had said during the Australian Open: “Me personally, I played them all.  I actually think Andy for me was tougher than Novak to play, I mean, I have only played Novak twice. I have played Andy six times and I’m 1-5.”

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia snakes hands with Nick Kyrgios. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent via Getty Images)

Kyrgios and Djokovic’s recent feud and past tensions might be the reason which keeps pushing Kyrgios against him.

Andy Murray will start his 2021 ATP season in Montpellier. He has received a wildcard into the Open Sud de France. Murray had missed the recently concluded Australian Open because of a late COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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