Nick Kyrgios rips through ‘cringeworthy’ Djokovic, ‘salty’ Nadal in incredible interview

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | 0

Nick Kyrgios has made many a controversial statement in the past. But, the ones from his latest interview will surely stand out.

Speaking to journalist Ben Rothenberg for a podcast, the volatile Australian star ripped through the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, using words like ‘cringeworthy’ and ‘salty’ in their reference.

“He’s my polar opposite, like literally my polar opposite,” Kyrgios said of Nadal. “And he’s super salty.

“Every time I’ve beaten him… when he wins, it’s fine. He won’t say anything bad, he’ll credit the opponent, ‘He was a great player’.

“But as soon as I beat him, it’s just like, ‘He has no respect for me, my fans and no respect to the game.’”

This comes after Nadal criticized Kyrgios following their Mexican Open recently, where the latter served underarm on his way to victory. During the post-match press conference though, the Spaniard accused him of showing lack of respect.

Further, Kyrgios went to the extent of labelling Nadal’s ex-coach and uncle Toni an “idiot”.

“And then Uncle Toni (Nadal) came out saying, ‘He lacks education’. I’m like, ‘Bro, I did 12 years at school, you idiot. I’m very educated. I understand that you’re upset I beat your family again.’”

Moving on, Kyrgios spoke about world No. 1 Djokovic. Although he offered a few words of praise for him, he criticized the Serb for wanting to be liked as much as Roger Federer.

“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger (Federer),” the Australian said.

“For me personally – I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far – I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him.

“This whole celebration thing (blowing kisses to the crowd) that he does after matches, it’s like so cringeworthy. It’s very cringeworthy.

“He’s an unbelievable player, he’s a champion of the sport; one of the greatest we’ll ever see. He probably will, honestly, I reckon he will get the grand slam count, I reckon he will overpass Federer.”

No wonder, he doesn’t shy away from speaking his heart out.

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