Novak Djokovic has time and again shrugged off Nick Kyrgios’ podcast taunts — till now.
The again-to-again Wimbledon champion has finally proven a hint of his real emotions, throwing some severe color on the Aussie megastar on social media on Thursday morning. The 16-time grand slam champion had permitted his racquet do all the speaking for him as he surged to an iconic five-set victory over Roger Federer inside the final at Wimbledon, even as Kyrgios’ second spherical loss to Rafael Nadal noticed him hunch to No. Forty-seven on the ATP Tour Rankings released this week.
With Kyrgios playing a 2-zero winning report in opposition to Djokovic, the 24-yr-antique has previously cautioned Djokovic isn’t at the equal degree of greatness as Federer or Nadal. He voiced the one’s emotions without fear in an explosive podcast with New York Times tennis professional Ben Rothenberg, in which he labeled the Serb “draw back-worth”.
“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger. For me personally — I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far — I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This whole celebration thing [the ‘boob-throwing’ celebration] that he does after matches, it’s like so cringe-worthy. It’s very cringeworthy. He’s an unbelievable player, he’s a champion of the sport; one of the greatest we’ll ever see. He probably will, honestly, I reckon he will get the Grand Slam count, I reckon he will overpass Federer.
Djokovic refused to reply to the name callings for the duration of his grass-court marketing campaign, pronouncing at the eve of Wimbledon that he “wasn’t dropping sleep” over the claims. He also said he hasn’t had a problem with all people else on the ATP Tour. Only Kyrgios.
Having defended his Wimbledon title in dramatic fashion on Monday morning, Djokovic eventually showed how he really feels about Kyrgios while he preferred an Instagram Post where tennis legend John McEnroe became quoted from a BBC Radio interview putting forward Kyrgios could be a top-five player on earth if he became able to deliver steady, sincere efforts every time he stepped onto the court.