“I am representing the World against the GOAT, it gives me chills” Nick Kyrgios recalls his 2017 Laver Cup match against Roger Federer

Australian Nick Kyrgios recalls his famous encounter against Roger Federer on the final day of the 2017 Laver Cup, one of the best tennis matches of his career.

Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer
Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer

Nick Kyrgios is one of the special players on the Tour who apart from his great tennis skills is always a crowd favourite for his antics, honesty and liveliness during matches across tournaments. He has won 6 career titles so far, 3 at the ATP-500 level and 3 at the ATP-250 level and reached his career-high ranking of World No. 13 in 2016 after having turned Pro in 2013.

Kyrgios was part of the inaugural Laver Cup in 2017 representing Team World against Team Europe. Despite ending the tournament on the losing side, Kyrgios played one of the thrillers of the tournament which is often rated as one of the best games the Australian ever played.

In the last match of the tournament on the final day, Kyrgios took the court against the then World No. 2, Roger Federer. The match ended 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 11–9 in Federer’s favour but both the players received equal praise for the high level of tennis they displayed pushing each other to the limits in front of a packed O2 Arena in Prague.

That was a special moment for me. A kid from Canberra, Australia, I am representing the World against the GOAT. It gives me chills just thinking about it.” recalled Nick in a recent press interaction as he prepares to take part in the 2021 Laver Cup.

Nick Kyrgios is one of the three players to feature in all editions of the Laver Cup

Nick Kyrgios, Roger Federer
Nick Kyrgios, Roger Federer

Nick is yet again selected to be part of Team World for the upcoming 2021 Laver Cup which will be held in TD Garden, Boston. Nick along with fellow Team World member John Isner and Team Europe’s Alexander Zverev are the only players who will have played in all the editions of the Laver Cup so far.

Kyrgios last played at the 2021 US Open where he was defeated in the first round by Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut ending a rather poor US Open leg series for the current World No. 95 which will make him the bottom-most ranked player in the upcoming Laver Cup.

The 2021 Laver Cup will begin on 24th September and will conclude on 26th September.

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