In an interview with Reuters, the former world No. 5 Jimmy Arias commented on Nick Kyrgios' temper. The American said: “He has moments where he puts it together but even those moments are fraught with seconds or minutes of something happening that can completely set him off.
I’m not Australian and it drives me crazy because you see how good he is. He would be a guy who could be number one in the world if he had anything upstairs. Even if he had half of (Rafa) Nadal’s fight he would be top four in the world”.
On Kyrgios's chances against Roger Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Arias added: “He can compete hard because there’s no blow to his ego to lose. But if he is playing someone ranked a little lower, and he’s obviously trying his hardest and he’s losing or he possibly could lose, then he just goes in the tank and he’s got that excuse for his ego.
He’s created a defence mechanism in his brain that he has to change and that’s going to take work and I’m not too sure he’s willing to do that work and I don’t know it’s that important to him in the end.
The thing with today’s players, he can try hard two for three weeks a year and still make a million dollars a year or something”.