“I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves” – Kyrgios on GOAT Djokovic, and his own desire
Nick Kyrgios gives Novak Djokovic a ringing endorsement as he talks GOAT with boxing legend Mike Tyson on the Hotboxin’ podcast.
The Aussie, who met in Los Angeles this summer with the boxing legend, talked about myriad topics, from mental health in sports, to his passion for basketball, his love for Australia, his love-hate relationship with tennis, tattoos and his Nintendo Pokemon habit.
Massive tennis enthusiast Tyson, whose daughter Milan is an aspiring player, asked Kyrgios about his biggest rivals and best and worst moments on tour in an entertaining 40-minute spot.
Djokovic the best ever
Kyrgios, speaking before this year’s US Open, said that nobody compares to Novak Djokovic. And, he adds, the Serbian legend still doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his two decades of excellence on tour.
“I think [Djokovic] is the best ever,” said the 2022 Wimbledon finalist. “23 Grand Slams and I think he’s got a couple more in him as well, it’s crazy. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves enough. He’s almost been on tour for like 20 years as well, like the longevity.”
Federer the biggest challenge to face
But when it comes to his biggest challenge, Kyrgios was quick to claim that now-retired Roger Federer caused him the most problems on court, “Federer could make you feel really s***. No matter where you played him in the world, he was the fan favourite,” he said.
“Play him in Europe, America, Australia. Everyone wanted Federer to win all the time. I think Novak is the greatest of all time, but for me, Federer was the hardest to play. Something about him. He was really aggressive and didn’t give you much room to breathe.”
Trying to get back as soon as possible
Kyrgios expressed enthusiasm to continue his career and possibly chase down a Grand Slam title.
“I am just trying to be able to get back as soon as possible because I do miss playing and especially being so close to winning [Wimbledon] last year, I know I’m right there.”