Nick Kyrgios has been lauded a lot of times for his talent. He brings in a lot of aggression to the table and his matchups with the Big 4 of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray have been the subject of a lot of conversations. And shockingly, Kyrgios has a winning record against Djokovic.
In an interview with Essentially Sports, Murray opened up about Kyrgios’ claims and also emphasized the importance of match-ups in a sport like tennis.
“Sport generally, especially an individual one, tends to be about match-ups. I think Nick’s beaten Novak a couple of times when they’ve played. When I’ve played against him, I’ve been successful,” Murray told Essentially Sports.
Interestingly, Kyrgios holds a 2-0 lead in the head-to-head with Djokovic. Speculating about this, Murray said that maybe the feud between Kyrgios and Djokovic fuels the Aussie to be successful against the Serbian.
“There are some players that I might find harder playing against than someone that seems like they’ve been more successful. It just comes down to match-ups. Maybe Nick is saying it because he doesn’t like Novak, I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter to me,” he added.
Nick Kyrgios talks about his toughest opponent among the Big 4
Kyrgios has a 2-0 record against Djokovic whereas he has a 1-5 record against Murray. Even looking at the Aussie’s record against Federer, Kyrgios trails 1-6. During the Australian, Open Kyrgios had said: “Me personally, I played them all. I actually think Andy for me was tougher than Novak to play, I mean, I have only played Novak twice. I have played Andy six times and I’m 1-5.”
Kyrgios and Djokovic’s recent feud regarding Djokovic’s conduct and actions during the suspension of ATP tour in 2020, might be the reason which keeps pushing Kyrgios against him.
Andy Murray will start his 2021 ATP season in Montpellier. He has received a wildcard into the Open Sud de France. Earlier this year he was seen in action in Italy in Challenger Biella. Murray had missed the recently concluded Australian Open because of a late COVID-19 diagnosis.