Nick Kyrgios says Roger Federer is undoubtedly the greatest of all time and that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal aren’t even close when it comes to tennis talent.
Kyrgios breezed through the first round of the Australian Open beating qualifier Frederico Ferreira Silva in straight sets and was asked his opinion on the GOAT debate in the post-match press conference.
The Australian is well known for being controversial, both on court, regularly receiving penalties and fines, and off court with his outspoken remarks about fellow players and officials.
He has been particularly critical about Novak Djokovic in the last 12 months calling him a ‘tool’ and ‘strange’ just in the last couple of weeks for various off-court matters.
But while Kyrgios was complementary about both Djokovic and Nadal for their contribution to the sport, for him there is only one GOAT and that’s Federer.
“(They are) all great in their own way” said Kyrgios.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen someone so dominant in their time period as Novak Djokovic. He went on that 60 match winning streak.
“But in my opinion I believe Roger is the greatest of all time. With his skill set, the way he plays the game I think it’s pure.
“I actually think talent wise Nadal and Djokovic aren’t even close (to Federer).
“The way Federer plays with his hands, his serving, his volleys… Untouchable.
“Rafa, you’ll never see someone so dominant on one surface ever. The best clay courter of all time.
“It’s funny because I think Roger’s the greatest of all time but not the greatest of his era. His head to head against Rafa is not great.
“Me personally I’ve played them all and I actually think Andy (Murray) was tougher than Novak to play.”
Nick Kyrgios now plays French 29th seed Ugo Humbert in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open.
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