Kyrgios: “Federer and Jordan are similar but Djokovic is better”
Nick Kyrgios compared tennis greats and talked about his career in a podcast with social media personality Logan Paul.
Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios, who has been recovering from the knee injury that kept him out of the Australian Open, gave some insights on Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast.
The 27-year-old said to the older of the Paul brothers that sporting legends Roger Federer and Michael Jordan are “very similar” but he believes “statistically Novak is better”.
“Federer and Jordan are very similar but I think statistically Novak is better”, stated Kyrgios, a fan of the Swiss maestro and the NBA.
He also thinks that tennis has evolved quite a bit over the last few years and that players from other eras, like John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, wouldn’t be able to outclass the ‘Big Three’ of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.
“No way because I think Jordan could still play [in the NBA] in this era, whereas those guys would get absolutely snipped in this era”, he said.
“I’m the most unprofessional player”
Inside and outside the court, Nick Kyrgios rarely bites his tongue. The Canberra native, known for his huge talent but also his controversial behavior, admitted he’s far from being a tennis role model.
“I would say I am probably the most unprofessional tennis player. I do not warm up or anything, no coach. It is all I have known since I was seven years old. Last year was awesome, making the final of Wimbledon and finally achieving things that will last forever”.
Kyrgios, who has repeatedly admitted he doesn’t want to have a long tennis career to share more time with his family and friends, said he would have retired or at least taken a break from the sport if he had defeated world No. 1 Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last summer.
“That was my chance, that was really my chance. If I’d honestly won that, I think I would have retired at least for a year or two”.
Although Wimbledon is still some months away, Kyrgios may already be thinking of giving his all in London, as the fast, low-bouncing grass courts suit his game perfectly.