Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic says that Australian Nick Kyrgios is one of the biggest talents in tennis and can win grand slams but needs to change in order to do so. Like Kyrgios, Ivanisevic was often his own worst enemy before he managed to win Wimbledon in 2001 as a wild card entrant.
Speaking to Australian Open YouTube, the big-serving Croatian left hander says, "I was able to separate these two things: good Goran and bad Goran and they were helping each other for the first time." "Usually they were against each other and they created a lot of bad losses, a lot of stupid losses.
"I lost so many matches especially against big players - Pete (Sampras), Andre (Agassi), Jim (Courier) - tight matches but they always waited for me to make some stupid, crazy mistakes. "But in that two weeks they (good Goran and bad Goran) were friends - enemies but friends - and they helped each other a lot." Ivanisevic is now part of the coaching team of World No.
1 Novak Djokovic and says that Kyrgios can also turn his career around. "He (Kyrgios) has some issues deep down - he is the worst for himself and I know how he feels. He is fighting with 100 people, sometimes he wants to prove something that is impossible to prove.
"But there is no sense to talk about his talent because he is one of the biggest talents. He is the guy who can win grand slams. He can beat anybody any day. "He is, for me, the best server in the game. He can do whatever with the ball." "He is getting better and better and he will honestly regret one day if he's kind of not be able to change.
Because the guy's so talented, to not be able to win a grand slam would be a shame for tennis. "Hopefully he can change and do it because deep down he's a good guy and tennis needs Nick Kyrgios and Nick Kyrgios needs tennis.
"But hopefully he can manage to do it better on the court and I think he could definitely in the future win a grand slam."