“Jordan Status Type”: Nick Kyrgios Picks Roger Federer Over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the GOAT Debate

Published 10/26/2020, 9:49 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Andy Murray of Great Britain, Novak Djokovic of Siberia, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain attend a ceremony for Carlos Moya’s retirement during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


While speaking on the GOAT debate in an Instagram video, Nick Kyrgios said, ” [ Roger Federer ] is almost like a Jordan status type.” Kyrgios has made himself unavailable for any tennis tournaments in the wake of the pandemic. He made it clear that he wouldn’t be competing overseas for the rest of 2020.

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The Australian also went on to say that he wasn’t surprised with Rafael Nadal‘s performance at the French Open 2020. He stated that he knew something like that would happen since it was Nadal’s “backyard.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS

While justifying his view about Roger Federer being the greatest, Nick said, “You look at Federer, he is the most dominant player of all timeHe is almost like a Jordan status type, the main guy. He is so dominant on every kind of surface and I think the way he plays the game is something special.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Roger Federer of Switzerland is interviewed by Jim Courier after winning his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Federer last played in January in the Australian Open 2020, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final 6-7(7-1) 4-6 3-6.

Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios Head-to-Head

Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios have gone head-to-head eight times in total. The results stand as 6-1 in the Swiss player’s favor. The sole win for Kyrgios was during the Madrid Masters in the Round of 32. The scoreline read 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 7-6(12).

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The other one was a walkover during the Indian Wells Masters Quarter-Final match in 2017. Federer proceeded to the Semis after Kyrgios did not play due to suspected food poisoning.

While there have been enough talks on the GOAT debate, it is always nice to hear from the current crop of players. Federer’s elegance and domination on every surface was what made Kyrgios call him the greatest.

 

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