Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated men’s tennis for the past decade and a half. The 2021 season will end with the Big 3 tied with 20 Grand Slams each, after the 34-year-old Serbian missed his chance to overtake at the last US Open.
The number 1 in the world won three out of four majors in 2021, having just touched the legendary finish line of the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ Should he triumph in the Big Apple, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.
Roger, Rafa and Novak are a point of reference for almost all the players on the men’s circuit and facing them is the dream of most of them. Recently, Nick Kyrgios took part in a question and answer session with his fans on Instagram.
The Australian did not have a good season, which ended with disappointing brackets at the US Open and the Laver Cup. A fan of his asked him to name the toughest opponents he has faced in his career.
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Recently, Nick Kyrgios took the ‘Ask me anything’ challenge for his Instagram fans.
One of the questions was about which opponent was the most difficult to deal with and Nick’s answer might come as a surprise since it did not include any of the ‘Big 3’ (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic).
He added his own twist to the name, prompting people with ‘naughty or nice ask away’. Right away, he was asked to answer “who is the most difficult opponent to deal with”. Nick Kyrgios didn’t hesitate to answer this interesting question.
He quickly named “Murray/Nishikori”. In his professional career, the Australian has faced Andy Murray six times. In their six encounters, the Brit has clinched victories five times, while Kyrgios managed to pull off just one win.
Nick Kyrgios called Roger Federer “the GOAT” when asked about the Swiss during a recent Q&A session on his Instagram handle. “(He is) the GOAT,” Kyrgios said. “I was intimidated the first time I saw him and after that he always continued to have the aura that no other player has.”
Nick Kyrgios also made a mention of Roger Federer’s outgoing and pleasant personality, calling him a “friendly” guy. “He is a great and friendly guy with a great sense of humor,” Kyrgios said. Nick Kyrgios went on to talk about his constant struggle to remain motivated, something that has plagued much of his career.
“It (motivation) is a day-to-day battle,” Kyrgios said. “I do not plan ahead, I just take it day by day.”