Kyrgios: "I have more respect for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic"

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Kyrgios: "I have more respect for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic"

The Wimbledon got triggered a kind of spring in the mind of Nick Kyrgios. The Australian seems to have drawn from the splendid path at the Championships the motivation necessary to approach tennis with passion, with which he has always had a rather troubled relationship over the years.

A small spark has probably already started at the beginning of the year with the Grand Slam triumph at the Australian Open paired with compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis, but after Wimbledon we see a decidedly changed and more serene Nick Kyrgios.

I walk to the All England Club which allowed the 27-year-old from Canberra also to re-evaluate the exploits of the three sacred monsters Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as he himself admitted in a direct Instagram for the official page of the Whashington tournament at the start in a few days: "You have to be a mental animal to win a Grand Slam.

I think I have a lot more respect for Novak, Federer or Nadal now. When I faced Nole in the final I had the feeling that he was fresh, like he hadn't played tennis in the last two weeks, he never got nervous. The double at the Australian Open with Thanasi, even if at the beginning of the year, gave me a lot of confidence and helped me mentally."

Kyrgios on the Wimbledon final

It was an open-hearted Nick Kyrgios who gave the interview to former Indian tennis player Prakash Amritraj on behalf of the ATP 500 in Whashington, a tournament that saw the Australian triumph in 2019 in the final against Daniil Medvedev.

Among other things, Nick expressed the emotions he felt for the Wimbledon final, the first and so far only in a Grand Slam. "It was crazy. I didn't realize all of this when the final ended, it was a week later that I really realized I had reached a Grand Slam final, in Wimbledon and against Novak Djokovic.

In a way it's sad, but it was a great experience." Still, it may sound strange, but Kyrgios confessed that if he had beaten Djokovic, he would have struggled to find the right motivation for the future: "Looking back on my career, I think most people, myself included, would say that my opportunity to reach a Grand Slam final was closed.

I talked to my team about it: if I had won Wimbledon I would have struggled to find motivation immediately afterwards. I would have nothing to prove to anyone. It is exciting, I look back and I am full of confidence thanks to everything that has happened."