Nick Kyrgios has launched a stinging assault on ‘cringeworthy’ Novak Djokovic and says the Serb has a ‘sick obsession’ with eager to be preferred.
Australian star Kyrgios additionally claimed Djokovic would never surpass Roger Federer when it comes to tennis greatness regardless of suggesting he would overtake Federer’s Grand Slam haul of 20.
Djokovic received his 15th main at this yr’s Australian Open.
‘I just feel like he’s bought a sick obsession with eager to be preferred,’ Kyrgios mentioned of Djokovic on the No Challenges Remaining podcast.
‘He just wants to be Federer. I feel he wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This celebration factor is so cringeworthy.
‘He’s unbelievable, a champion of the game, one of many biggest we will ever see. I believe he will get the Grand Slam rely and overtake Federer.
‘[But] we’re speaking a few man who pulled out of the Australian Open one yr as a result of it was too sizzling. Regardless of what number of Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the best to me.
‘I’ve performed him twice and I’m sorry however when you can not beat me, you can’t be the best of all time. Take a look at how a lot I practice and put in… it’s zero in comparison with him.
‘For me Federer will at all times be the best of all time. What Rafa has achieved has been fairly scary too.
‘However Novak simply riles me the fallacious means. He at all times says what he thinks he must say somewhat than his precise opinion.
‘The celebration just kills me. Every time it does… it kills me. If I play him and beat him again, I’m doing the celebration in entrance of him [laughing]… that will be hilarious!’
Kyrgios additionally claimed British legend Sir Andy Murray, a winner of three Grand Slam titles, was ‘so much better’ than Djokovic..
He added: ‘I’m unhappy [about Murray’s injury problems]. Genuinely unhappy. I believe his file in opposition to Djokovic is embarrassing.
‘I feel he’s so significantly better than Novak, I’ve performed them each. I believe Andy returns higher, his serve is best. He ought to have received so many extra Grand Slams.
‘Against Murray you can’t slice, he is aware of that’s rubbish. However I really feel Djokovic doesn’t actually know what to do [to that].
‘If I was Murray’s coach he would have received extra Grand Slams for positive!’