Nick Kyrgios reignited his feud with Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open by mimicking the classic cheer of the world number 1 at the end of his doubles match. When asked about the subject at a press conference, Canberra's talent revealed: “I just wanted to feel the love of the people.
Everyone loves that celebration, it is well-liked. I was just having some fun. I'm sure Novak doesn't like him, but I don't like him at all. " The Serbian phenomenon did not want to respond to the provocations of the Australian, in an attempt not to lose concentration in view of the decisive rounds of the Happy Slam.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion was defeated in both direct clashes against Nick, further testimony to the enormous potential of one of the most talked about and controversial players of recent years. Speaking on Eurosport, former British tennis star Tim Henman expressed his views on the dispute between Djokovic and Kyrgios.
The latter left the stage in the third round at Melbourne Park at the hands of Dominic Thiem.
Henman on Nick Kyrgios
"With Nick Kyrgios, it’s a fine line. Obviously he’s a character on and off the court,” Tim Henman told Eurosport, when asked whether Kyrgios had gone too far in his row with Novak Djokovic.
"But it’s very important that he can still concentrate so that these antics don’t become a distraction, they don’t affect his performance. Sometimes I think he’s got to learn where to draw the line and get back to the basics of implementing the enormous talent that he has on the court."
Henman added that Kyrgios has a “very good heart” and backed him to build on his impressive showing in Melbourne, where he pushed US Open champion Dominic Thiem to five sets. "For me, Nick Kyrgios is great for tennis.
He’s a volatile character, you never quite know what to expect. He’s a huge talent, one of the best serves in the game," said Henman. "And he’s got a very good heart. He’s supported me and my charity foundation, he does a lot of good stuff off the court.
If he could maintain that concentration and focus, both on the practice court and match court, I really think he can go on and produce bigger and better results. I’m a fan. I hope he can channel that talent to go on and win some big titles in the future." Kyrgios, 25, has not reached the quarter-final of a Grand Slam since 2015.