Six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs believes Nick Kyrgios is "seriously close to the best tennis player in the world" when he plays his game and is able to maintain his focus. The 27-year-old Kyrgios has been impressive in recent weeks reaching two grass-court semi-finals before reaching his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
Following Wimbledon, Kyrgios won the Citi Open in Washington to lift his first ATP title since 2019. Following the win in Washington, Kyrgios continued his fine play at this week's Montreal Masters, where he beat top-ranked Daniil Medvedev, 5-7 6-4 6-2 in the second round.
"@NickKyrgios I mean when he plays tennis and keeps his s$&t together he is seriously close to the best tennis player in the world. His serve is untouchable right now. His fitness level is HIGH and his tennis acumen is unreal.
His effort after losing the first set was impressive," Stubbs tweeted. After a great performance against Medvedev, Kyrgios got rid of his compatriot de Minaur 6-2 6-3. After the match, Kyrgios said he was happy with his performance and noted that it was not easy to play against a good friend.
"Incredibly hard after the big rush yesterday, playing against Daniil, and the crowd was incredible. It's been a day I'll probably never forget," Kyrgios said of his surprising win. "Today was really tough mentally for me to go out and play against Alex.
We are such good friends and he has had such a great career so far and has carried the Australian flag for so long."
Pereira talks about Kyrgios
Mitch Michals said the one stand-out feature in Nick Kyrgios' personality was that he was not afraid of playing his own brand of tennis.
"I mean, the one thing [Nick Kyrgios] has always had through all the ups and downs is that he is not afraid," Michals said. "He doesn't matter who you are. Big-3, Hall of Famer, World No. 1, just not afraid out there."
Former tennis player Nicolas Pereira, who joined Michals on the podcast, meanwhile, said the Aussie had the ability to simplify the sport and keep things "real." "He plays it basketball style, you know," Periera said.
"He's so loose, then he goes in between the legs, hits a second service as hard as he can, but, you know, he's keeping it real, he's giving it simple. I was looking for something here that was sent to me this morning, he has a winning record against the top players.
All of them," he conitnued. "So that gets you thinking if this guy gets motivated and you know, he's going to get better seedings as he climbs the ranking. Unfortunately, he didn't get the points for Wimbledon but he would be 14, 15 in the world right now."