Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios who is known for his swashbuckling tennis and his issues with attitude both on and off the court recently spoke about how much he admires the ‘Big Four’ – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
The sport of tennis has been dominated over the course of the last two decades by this ‘Big Four’, a group of four players who have made Grand Slam events their own by never failing to clinch them. Although the four has now been reduced to three with Murray dropping out due to his injury issues and loss of form, the rest – Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have managed to stay supremely consistent.
Nick Kyrgios calls Roger Federer the ‘Greatest of all time’
Nick Kyrgios spoke to the press today after his Australian Open 2021 encounter against Ferreira Silva about Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray. He stated that all were great in their own way before going on to discuss each one in detail. Speaking about Djokovic, he said, “I don’t think we have ever seen someone maybe so dominant in their period of time as Novak, like he went on that obviously 60-match winning streak or something really crazy.”
About Federer, he said, “I think in my opinion I believe Roger is the greatest of all time. With his skill set, the way he plays the game, I think it’s pure. I actually think talent-wise Nadal and Djokovic aren’t even close to Roger. Talent-wise, just purely based on talent the way Federer plays, his hands, his serving, his volleys, untouchable.”
Moving on to Nadal, “Rafa you will never see someone so dominant on one surface ever. I don’t think we will ever see that amazing accomplishment on clay, the best clay courter of all time. It’s funny, because I think Roger is the greatest of all time but not the greatest of the era because his head-to-head against Rafa is not great.”
Kyrgios then stated that Murray was his toughest opponent saying, “I actually think Andy for me was tougher than Novak to play. I have only played Novak twice. I have played Andy six times and I’m 1-5.”