Arrogance is what makes Nick Kyrgios world-class, says Olympic swimmer

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Arrogance is what makes Nick Kyrgios world-class, says Olympic swimmer

Despite all the polarizing opinions, former Olympic swimmer James Magnussen declared that he admires Nick Kyrgios’s arrogant on-court behavior and even pointed out that is the secret ingredient that makes the Australian Wimbledon finalist so good.

“Belief and confidence which is bordering on arrogance is the difference between a run-of-the-mill athlete and a world-class athlete. I know myself I had to manufacture it, I wasn't an overly confident person. You need that swagger and be the best in the world, you have to believe you are the best in the world,” Magnussen said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

James Magnussen was the world champion in the 100m freestyle race in 2011 and 2013, and he owns the record for the fifth-fastest 100m freestyle swim in history.

Nick Kyrgios is not so arrogant after all

Contrary to his “bad boy” reputation, Nick Kyrgios has recently said that he acknowledges the greatness of other players on tour.

"We'll never see a competitor like Rafa again. You'll never see someone wield a racquet like Roger, so effortlessly. You'll never probably see anyone who just wins and just plays the game just so good as a winner than Djokovic.

I don't think anyone will fill those shoes," Kyrgios said, per Ravi Ubha. Moreover, asked about his relationship with Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios confessed there is a trace of friendship between him and the Serbian champion.

"We do have kind of a bromance now. Ever since I was the only player to stand for him at the Aus open drama, that's where I think respect is kind of earned, not at tennis courts but at the real life stuff. We actually DM each other on Instagram and stuff, it's kind of weird.

He actually told me earlier in the week: 'Hope to see you sunday,'" Kyrgios said. Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic will meet in the Wimbledon 2022 final on Sunday.