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.”
“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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