Six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs believes Nick Kyrgios is “seriously close to the best tennis player in the world” if he can play his game and focus. Kyrgios, 27, has been impressive in recent weeks as he reached two semi-finals on grass before reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
After Wimbledon, Kyrgios won the Citi Open in Washington, earning his first ATP title since 2019. After winning in Washington, Kyrgios continued his good game at the Montreal Masters this week, where he defeated top-seeded Daniil Medvedev 5-7, 6 defeated. 4 6-2 in the second round.
“@NickKyrgios I mean when he’s playing tennis and keeping his muscles tight he’s seriously close to the best tennis player in the world. His serve is untouchable at the moment. His fitness level is HIGH and his tennis acumen is unreal.
His performance after losing the first set was impressive,” Stubbs tweeted. After a great performance against Medvedev, Kyrgios got rid of his compatriot De Minaur 6-2, 6-3. After the match, Kyrgios said he was satisfied with his performance and set realized it wasn’t easy playing against a good friend.
“Incredibly difficult to play against Daniil after the big rush yesterday and the crowd was incredible. It was a day I’ll probably never forget,” said Kyrgios of his surprise win. “Today it was really difficult for me mentally to go out and play Alex.
We’re such good friends and he’s had such a great career and carried the Australian flag for so long.”
Pereira talks about Kyrgios
Mitch Michals said the one standout trait in Nick Kyrgio’s personality is that he’s not afraid to play his own brand of tennis.
“I mean the one [Nick Kyrgios] always went through all the ups and downs is that he’s not scared,” said Michals. “He doesn’t care who you are. Big-3, Hall of Famer, #1 in the world, just don’t be scared out there.”
Former tennis player Nicolas Pereira, who meanwhile joined Michals on the podcast, said the Australian has an ability to simplify the sport and keep things “real”. “He plays it basketball style, you know,” Periera said.
“He’s so loose, then he goes between his legs, hits a second serve as hard as he can, but you know, he keeps it real, he just gives it. I was looking here for something that was sent to me Tomorrow he has a track record against the top players.
All of them,” he continued. “It makes you think when this guy gets motivated and you know he’s going to get better seedlings as he climbs the ladder. Unfortunately he didn’t get the points for Wimbledon but he would be 14, 15 in the world now.”