Nick Kyrgios on Roger Federer: GOAT, I was very intimidated first time I saw him

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Nick Kyrgios on Roger Federer: GOAT, I was very intimidated first time I saw him

Former world No. 13 Nick Kyrgios has labeled Roger Federer as the "GOAT" and admitted that he was very intimidated when he first saw the Swiss. Kyrgios has had many close battles with Federer but still he has won only one and lost six matches against the Swiss.

Four of those Federer's six wins over Kyrgios came in three sets. "The GOAT, I was very intimidated the first time I saw him and after that he always continued to have the aura that no other player has. He is a great and friendly guy with a great sense of humour," Kyrgios said on Instagram Story.

Kyrgios urged not to retire

Kyrgios hinted at a retirement at the Laver Cup and Mark Petchey urged him to stay in the game. "Not sure where you are in the world right now @NickKyrgios but take your time, think about what makes you happy and make the decision that suits you best but there are many in tennis who want to see you stay in the sport.

You are a long time retired. Tennis ball is more fun with you in it," Petchey said in a Twitter post. Kyrgios, 26, has won six ATP titles so far in his career. “I feel like I’m not one of those players now that’s going to go hunting for points or hunting for accolades or anything like that,” Kyrgios said at the Laver Cup.

“I feel like I have nothing left to prove to myself. I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved. “Where I go from here, everything’s a bonus. I’m playing Laver Cup again, and I’m not going to lie, I think this is my last year I will probably play Laver Cup.

“As long as I’m on the court, I will try and give my best, but I’m not going to lie and say that I’m going to plan to play four or five more years on tour. That’s just not me."