Nick Kyrgios says he still considers Roger Federer the greatest tennis player of all time, comparing him to basketball legend Michael Jordan.
Federer is slowly seeing his records disappear, with Rafael Nadal equalling his Grand Slam count this month, and Novak Djokovic set to surpass his total of weeks spent at world number one in March.
Kyrgios, though, thinks Federer has something different that transcends records and statistics.
“A lot of players will tell you Rafael Nadal is the GOAT, Novak’s the GOAT… but in my opinion, I think Roger Federer is still [the GOAT],” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.
“I think he is almost a [Michael] Jordan status type. He was kind of the main guy that was you know so dominant on every type of surface.
“I think the way he plays the game is something special.”
Kyrgios also commented on Rafael Nadal, with whom he has had a difficult relationship over the years.
The Australian once described Nadal as a bad loser, but he admits he has nothing but praise for him after his latest, and historic, Roland Garros success.
“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios added.
“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.
“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.
“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’
“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.
“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.
“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him. He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”
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