“Good Times”: Nick Kyrgios Reminisces Laver Cup Match Up Against Roger Federer

Published 12/16/2020, 6:00 AM EST
Roger Federer of Team Europe and Nick Kyrgios of Team World poses for photo during Day 2 of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 21, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by RvS.Media/Monika Majer/Getty Images)


The 2020 tennis calendar is complete, and the off-season is the perfect time to walk down memory lane. It is also a reminiscent period for the Australian dynamite Nick Kyrgios. The 6’4” aggressive right-hander recently uploaded a picture from the past with the Swiss maestro Roger Federer.

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Kyrgios might be well known for his unruly antics, but he is definitely considered to be a great competitor of the sport. Meanwhile, Federer has always been a friend to the game, and all associated with the game. The duo has faced one another on seven different occasions; the Australian player won only once, in their first match. For both the players, 2020 brought no titles, and they remained out of the season for most of the part.

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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Rod Laver and Roger Federer pose with the Laver Cup trophy at the unveiling of the Laver Cup trophy at Cannizaro House on June 29, 2017, in Wimbledon, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Swiss and Australian’s battle in Laver Cup tournaments has been one of the most anticipated games for many seasons. Leaving aside 2020, the two players have competed for their national team against one another every year since 2017. Roger has won each of their Laver Cup encounters.

Even so, Kyrgios carries the special feeling of playing with Federer close to his heart. The 25-year-old Australian posted their 2018 Laver Cup meeting and called it “good times.”  Often supported by the top players in tennis, Nick is turning around to make his game count. Watch his highlights here.

When the picture was taken, Federer had defeated Kyrgios in two straight sets 6-3, and 6-2. It remains to be the 20 Grand Slam winner’s only triumph in two sets against the Australian. They will both head to Melbourne Park at the start of the next season.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles third round match against John Millman of Australia on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

While Nick is the home favorite at the Australian Open, the 39-year-old Federer is the favorite in every tournament he plays. Federer has also won the Australian Grand Slam six times while Kyrgios’ reached the quarterfinals once in 2015.

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After a long break from tennis, the pair has returned to practice on tennis courts. They both look confident to make some big contributions in the next season. While Nick prioritizes playing for his foundation for underprivileged children, Federer aims to fulfill his unrealized Olympic glory.

However, the situation in Australia has not left the gray cloud as the organizers are still struggling to confirm its dates. For tennis fans, the wait is only to see Federer charming Melbourne Park.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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