“Our relationship is better than in the past,” says Djokovic of Kyrgios, his opponent in the final.

The triple defender is full of praise for his rival on Sunday. An Australian with whom he had some differences in the past …

At Wimbledon,

During his long press conference, Nick Kyrgios, who qualified for his first unplayed Grand Slam final, returned to his relationship with the head of the squares he will face on Sunday. The whimsical Aussie spoke of “ bromance with the Serbian. Surprised by this statement, the local teacher testified before the press smiling. ” Joke? I don’t know if I can still say bromance, but our relationship is definitely better than before January of this year. “In the past, the challenging Australian had verbally repeatedly turned against his opponent.” I feel like I want to be loved. He wants to be like Federer. That it becomes embarrassing. »

When I fought in Australia, he was one of the few players who publicly supported me and stayed by my side.

Novak Djokovic

But that was before. Following the refusal of the Serb’s visa to enter Australian territory and thus compete in the Australian Open, due to his non-vaccination with covid-19, Kyrgios had posted a message of support to Djokovic asking for better treatment. for “ Novax “. The latter has not been forgotten.” When I fought in Australia, he was one of the few players who publicly supported me and stayed by my side. It’s something I’m very grateful for. I respect him a lot for that. “.

He is a player who likes big games. If you look at his career, the best tennis he has played has always been against the best.

Novak Djokovic

And the six-time winner at Church Road is not expecting a friendly match on the court on Sunday. “ There is a lot of power in their service and in their game. Its service movement is very fluid and very fast. It can strike from any angle. It will be a different match because I was playing against a left-hander (Norrie), now I play against a right-hander. There are many tactical adjustments that need to be made. On the lawn, I guess it’s even harder to read their service and come back. This puts extra pressure on your service. It moves well. He has very good hands. He is a very complete player. There is no doubt that he will be aggressive. He seems to be mentally in a better state than he was a few years ago. He is a player who likes big games. If you look at his career, the best tennis he has played has always been against the best. As a test, the two men played twice and Kyrgios won both in sets in a row, but the encounters date back to 2017 and were played on hard courts, in Acapulco and Indian Wells. It must be said that at that time the former world number one was in doubt …

The Serb does not expect to see his rival, a rookie of this level, overwhelmed by the pressure. ” The experience I have at this level (will play his 32nde Grand Slam final on Sunday), playing in the final against someone who has never played a Grand Slam final, could work slightly in my favor. But at the same time, knowing his personality, his way of playing and his attitude on the court, he doesn’t seem to give in too much to the pressure.»Answer on Sunday.

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