Nick Kyrgios: I Don’t Think It’s An Exaggeration, I Can Be A Top 3 Player!
by Tom Gainey | May 10th, 2016, 2:41 pm

Nick Kyrgios has been tabbed among the favorites of the new generation to reach the top of the tennis world, and the outspoken bad boy doesn’t think it’s a stretch. Having just turned 21, Kyrgios points out that he already has wins over Roger Federer at Madrid and Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon plus an exo win over Andy Murray at the Hopman Cup. So why not?

“I have beaten three of the four, and I haven’t played Djokovic yet,” Kyrgios said Monday in Rome. “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration. I think I still need a lot of time. I need to do a lot of hard work, a lot more matches. I need to grow more and become stronger and more fitter. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration at all. I have beaten most of them, anyway.”

Kyrgios resumes in Rome tomorrow against what could be a future rival in Milos Raonic. And another also eyeing the top spot.

“I’m confident going forward, but at the same time he’s got one of the best serves in the world. If he’s having a lights-out day when he’s everything, you can’t really do too much. I’m going to go out there and do what I have been doing and just compete. If I happen to win, I win.”

The two have split four meetings with Kyrgios winning the last two at Wimbledon last year and this year in the Miami quarterfinals.

“He has a lot of firepower,” Raonic said. “He can do a lot of different things. It’s about sort of getting ahead in the points before he does, because that’s where I’d say both of our games excel at is that aggressive tennis. It’s about who can take control of the points first.”

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5 Comments for Nick Kyrgios: I Don’t Think It’s An Exaggeration, I Can Be A Top 3 Player!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Many are called but few are chosen.

Margot Says:

Lol TV, you are in a philosophical mood today.
I think you can too Nick but, being philosophical myself now, it is better to under promise and over deliver.

Michael Says:

Nodoubt Kyrgios has that flashy game with a booming serve and invested with a repertoire of shot making abilities that can discomfit any opponent. But, the problem with this guy is sheer lack of temperament and although he is physically strong, mentally he is too brittle and it will be a tough proposition for him to climb to the top and even if he does manage it, stay there for a particular length of time.

What differentiates great players from good players is not merely the execution of the game, but the collective overwhelming ability to call the shots and players like Nick have a lot to learn in terms of dedication and discipline. Nodoubt he is promising much, but delivering very little so far. But things can change as he is too young and can make some course correction to resolve his inadequacies.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Should be a great match-up with Milos today- these two have developed a great rivalry already. My sense is that, Nick’s baseline game is far superior, but Milos is much smarter at constructing points, and has become very adept at the net.

Then too, winning a tournament is one thing (something Nick has yet to come close to at the big ones), but making top ten, and top five require incredible consistency, a temperament that can focus week in and week out. Milos and Kei have shown they can do this, can Nick?

Humble Rafa Says:

Milos and Kei have shown they can do this, can Nick?

Mr. Canadia has the hair, Asian man represents a continent. So they are special.

Who/what does Nick represent? Half of what he represents is better handled by the Slapping Tank Engine, other half is not authentic.

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