Former American tennis player Leif Shiras believes Nick Kyrgios has what it takes to return to a Grand Slam final and adds he sees a bit of John McEnroe in the Australian. Kyrgios, 27, reached his maiden Grand Slam final at this past Wimbledon.
Kyrgios competed extremely well in the Wimbledon final but Novak Djokovic was simply too strong as the Serb recovered from a set down to beat the Australian in four sets. Now, the question is whether Kyrgios can sustain the same level of play going forward and achieve more great results.
"I think he has got the talent to do it," Shiras said in a conversation with Kamau Murray, per Sportskeeda. "Can he martial all the resources required to win seven three out of five said matches in a full draw, not one that's gutted by withdrawals and players not being allowed to play and that's where it can be a little tough."
Shiras: Kyrgios reminds me of McEnroe
Shiras, 62, is from the McEnroe era and sees some similarities between McEnroe and Kyrgios. Staying calm and composed on the court was always a struggle for McEnroe but he finished as an all-time great as he won seven Grand Slams and also reached the top spot.
"I think he can he reminds me a little bit of John McEnroe back in my era," Shiras said. "John was blessed with so much talent. You always wondered though was would his emotions and his temper get in the way and he was able to manage that enough to allow his best tennis to come out and he became one of the game's greats.
I am not sure Nick has that level of achievement in him but I think he has got another Slam final maybe in New York on the fast hard courts." After a strong Wimbledon run, Kyrgios will certainly be viewed as a title favorite at the US Open.
However, the US Open hasn't really been a good place for Kyrgios as he has never made it past the third round at the tournament.