‘He’s a very strange cat, Novak’: Kyrgios returns serve to Djokovic

Nick Kyrgios has returned serve to Novak Djokovic, labelling him a “strange cat” in response to the world No.1 saying he has no respect for the Australian star.

Kyrgios was in a relaxed mood after cruising through the first round of his home grand slam with a straight-sets win and, after discussing his performance, talk turned to Djokovic.

Nick Kyrgios has fired back at Novak Djokovic.Credit:Getty

“In my opinion, I believe Roger is the greatest of all time. With his skill set and the way he plays the game, it’s pure.

“I actually think talent wise, Djokovic and Nadal aren’t even close to Roger. Talent wise. Just purely based on talent and the way Federer plays – his hands, his serving, his volleys, untouchable.

“Rafa, you will never see someone on one surface ever, I don’t think we will ever see that amazing accomplishment on clay. The best clay courter of all time.

“It’s funny, I think Roger is the greatest of all time but not the greatest of his era. Because his head-to-head against Rafa is not great.

“Me personally, I played them all. I actually think Andy [Murray] for me was tougher than Novak to play. I mean, I have only played Novak twice. I have played Andy six times and I’m 1-5.

“Nadal, I actually think, I match up quite well against Nadal. I can serve big and play kind of the right style of tennis to be successful against him. Styles make fights in tennis. All the match-ups are different.

“Roger’s chopped me a couple of times. Roger makes you feel like you’re really bad at tennis sometimes. He walks around, he flicks his head, and I’m, like, I don’t even know what I’m doing out here.

“Roger is the greatest, for me. But Novak, obviously what he’s doing now, look, I’m just watching him play Chardy and Chardy doesn’t even believe that he can win, and when you reach that status, you must be pretty good.”

Kyrgios’ next match will be against French 29th seed Ugo Humbert on Wednesday night.

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