Djokovic: “there’s not many players like (Kyrgios) on tour”

Published by Matt Trollope

Novak Djokovic was frustrated during his fourth-round loss to Nick Kyrgios at Indian Wells; Getty Images
After falling to Nick Kyrgios for the second time in as many meetings, Novak Djokovic gave his assessment of a player widely tipped for future stardom.

Novak Djokovic fell to 0-2 lifetime against Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday at Indian Wells after the Australian delivered another blistering performance.

Two weeks after Kyrgios served the world No.2 off the court in Acapulco, the 21-year-old repeated the feat in the last 16 at the BNP Paribas Open.

Djokovic, considered the game’s finest returner, explained just what it was like to come up against a server of Kyrgios’s ilk.

“H obviously comes out playing his style, very aggressive, and just going for every serve, whether it’s first or second. It’s obviously very hard to play like that,” said Djokovic, who watched 14 aces whiz past him on Wednesday.

“It’s his style. There is not many players like him on the tour, and he plays a certain way, and talks and behaves a certain way, which is characteristic for him. Obviously it works (smiling).”

As well as his unbeaten record against the 12-time major champion, Kyrgios also owns wins over Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic was asked how far he thought the rising star could progress in the sport.

“Undoubtedly he’s capable of a lot of big things. That was projected for him already a couple years back,” Djokovic said.

“He’s not very consistent with his results, but he’s coming closer to top 10. He had his best year last year, so things are coming together for him.

“There is no doubt that he has a big game, and that game that he has can and should be for top-10, top-five player.

“So it just depends on him and his commitment to the sport. Obviously it’s not only about the game. It’s many things that have to fall in place.”

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