Wimbledon: “Our relationship is better than in the past”, says Djokovic about Kyrgios, his opponent in the final

Wimbledon: “Our relationship is better than in the past”, says Djokovic about Kyrgios, his opponent in the final

The triple defending champion is full of praise for his opponent on Sunday. An Australian with whom he had some differences in the past…

During his long press conference, Nick Kyrgios, qualified for his first Grand Slam final without playing, returned to his relationship with the boss of the places he will face on Sunday. The whimsical Australian spoke of “bromance” with the Serb. Surprised by this declaration, the master of the place declared in front of the press, smiling. “Bromance? I don’t know if I can still call it a bromance, but our relationship is definitely better than it was before January of this year. In the past, the defiant Aussie had repeatedly verbally turned on his opponent. “I have the impression that he has a craving to be loved. He wants to be like Federer. It becomes embarrassing. »

When I struggled in Australia, he was one of the few players to support me publicly and stick by my side.

Novak Djokovic

But that was before. After the refusal of the Serbian’s visa to enter Australian territory and thus compete in the Australian Open, due to his non-vaccination with covid-19, Kyrgios had posted a message of support for Djokovic demanding better treatment for “Novax”. The latter has not forgotten. “When I struggled in Australia, he was one of the few players to support me publicly and stick by my side. It’s something that I really appreciate. So I respect him a lot for that.”

He is a player who likes big matches. If you look at his career, the best tennis he has played has always been against the best.
Novak Djokovic

And the six-time winner at Church Road does not expect a friendly game on the court on Sunday. “There is a lot of power in his serve and in his game. His serving movement is very fluid and very fast. He can strike from any angle. It will be a different game because I was playing against a left-hander (Norrie), now I’m playing against a right-hander. There are a lot of tactical adjustments that need to be made. On the grass, I guess it’s even more difficult to read his serve and return. It puts extra pressure on your serve. He moves well. He has very good hands. He is a very complete player. There is no doubt that he will be aggressive. It seems that mentally he is in a better state than he was a few years ago. He is a player who likes big matches. If you look at his career, the best tennis he has played has always been against the best. As proof, the two men played each other twice and Kyrgios won both times in straight sets, but the meetings date back to 2017 and were played on hard courts, in Acapulco and Indian Wells. It must be said that at that time the former world number one was in full doubt …

The Serb does not expect to see his opponent, a novice at this level, overtaken by the pressure. “The experience I have at this level (he will play his 32nd Grand Slam final on Sunday), playing in the final against someone who has never played a Grand Slam final, could play a little in my favor. But at the same time, knowing his personality, his way of playing and his attitude on the court, he doesn’t seem to give in to the pressure too much. Answer Sunday.

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