“Pretty Dope” – Nick Kyrgios Appreciates Novak Djokovic Following US Open Success Despite Recent Verbal War

Published 09/11/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures to the crowd after winning a game in the third set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


During his career, Novak Djokovic often rubbed shoulders with several tennis players. While he made a good impression on most occasions, he found himself in a verbal war with Nick Kyrgios. However, it seems the Australian has taken on a different perception of the Serbian following his success in the US Open.

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In a recent post lauding Djokovic, Kyrgios made a comment to show respect for his run in New York.

Nick Kyrgios praises Novak Djokovic following US Open run

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While Djokovic is arguably one of the most successful players, he trails Kyrgios 2-0 in their head to head. However, their last meeting came in the 2017 Indian Wells tournament, which was four years ago. At this year’s Australian Open, Kyrgios took issue with the Serbian, mouthing off about his need to be liked by people.

He said“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger [Federer]. This whole celebration thing that he does after matches, it’s like so cringeworthy. It’s very cringeworthy.”

This Sunday, the Serbian stands on the cusp of making history with a 21st Grand Slam victory. To appreciate the World No. 1’s success, the US Open social media handle put a post for him. It contained an animated version of Djokovic with a list of all the opponents he defeated in Grand Slams this year.

Among many comments, the one that stood out was Kyrgios‘, who appreciated his achievement by writing, “Pretty dope.” The comment got over 400 likes and over 30 replies from fans across the world. While it might seem like a burial of the hatchet, Djokovic’s focus will arguably be solely on winning tomorrow.

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Djokovic to face Daniil Medvedev in US Open final

Only the second seed stands in between Djokovic and a fourth US Open title. Coming into this match, the Serbian leads his Russian opponent 5-3 in their head-to-head.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after his match against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

However, Medvedev looks to be a much stronger opponent than their last meeting in the Australian Open final earlier this year. Although the World No. 1 seems to have all the aces, this could be his toughest test in his quest to make history this year.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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