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Nick Kyrgios is the most talented player since Roger Federer arrived: Paul Annacone

Nick Kyrgios is the most talented player since Roger Federer arrived: Paul Annacone

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by Akshay Kohli

Nick Kyrgios’ second straight win over world no. 2 Novak Djokovic in consecutive weeks is being regarded as a tipping point in the career of the mercurial Aussie star. The tennis media and coaches across the globe have given some good reviews for Kyrgios.

In the New York Times, Christopher Clarey wrote: “Kyrgios has been dropping some big hints in the last six weeks that he may mature sooner rather than later.” The piece quoted Paul Annacone, a former coach of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, as saying: “I think Nick is the most talented player since Roger jumped on the scene.” Clarey wrote: “That is quite a remark from a man not prone to hyperbole, quite a statement considering that Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have all arrived on the scene in the gap between Federer and Kyrgios. “Talent is a broad term.

With a tennis match on the line, all kinds of talent matter — concentration and intelligence among them.” “But the sort of talent Annacone is referring to is the ability to hit all the shots, including a few that are not in the playbook, and the ability to create something out of nothing.

Although a grand canyon of achievement and commitment separate the 35-year-old Federer and the 21-year-old Kyrgios, what they share is the ability to make the difficult look sublimely easy.” Peter Bodo of ESPN said Kyrgios’s “emotional drop-down menu includes tabs for meltdowns and letdowns.

But those options may be disappearing,” added Bodo. “The expressive Aussie seems to have learned the value of anger management.” “A year ago, the threat Kyrgios represented was not as urgent,” added Bodo.

“An opponent could reasonably count on Kyrgios to find creative ways to torpedo his chances, either through shot selection ... or by becoming embroiled in some petty, but inevitably unprofessional, controversy. Kyrgios led with his chin, not that whiplash forehand.” “Those times may be over, although with Kyrgios, you never really know.” ESPN commentator and former player Brad Gilbert certainly hopes so.

“I just sit there and watch him and just marvel and his athleticism,” Gilbert says. “I can’t believe for his size how well he can move, how explosive. He ticks all the boxes for me game-wise. But just there’s sometimes more to winning Slams and being great than just that.” ALSO READ Nick Kyrgios to Ajla Tomljanovic: I LOVE YOU BOO! .

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