Nick Kyrgios issues major statement on Novak Djokovic's greatness


Nick Kyrgios issues major statement on Novak Djokovic's greatness
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Nick Kyrgios has declared Novak Djokovic "the best ever" and also predicted the Serb is going to win a couple of more Grand Slams before retiring. Djokovic, who turned 36 in May, won three of the four Grand Slam finals he played in this year.

Now, Djokovic is a record 24-time Grand Slam champion and the first-ever male player to reach 24 Slams. "I think he (Novak Djokovic) is the best ever. Like [24] Grand Slams and I think he’s got a couple more in him as well, it’s crazy.

I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves enough. He’s almost been on tour for like 20 years as well, like the longevity," Kyrgios on the Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson podcast, via Sportskeeda.

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Kyrgios on Djokovic's longevity

At 36, Djokovic is still very healthy and looking extremely good physically.

However, that should not be a surprise considering how much Djokovic has cared about his diet and training over the years. "That’s why the team, having a physio travel with you, making sure you’re getting some gym work in.

Like, it’s hard because some days, like a tennis match can go for five hours. I’ve played matches that are almost five hours. Physically you feel alright but mentally, you’re so drained and then you have to do it again seven times to win a Grand Slam.

It’s almost one of the most impossible things to do," Kyrgios said. Last year, Kyrgios made his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. In the Wimbledon final, Kyrgios was playing great throughout the entire but still Djokovic escaped with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3) win.

Although Kyrgios didn't win the Wimbledon title, many applauded the Australian for the performance he delivered against Djokovic as many felt he would have won that day if he was playing against anyone other than the Serb.

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