Kyrgios won the Citi Open title and advanced to both the ATP Masters tournament in Montreal and the U.S. Open in New York after losing to Novak Djokovic in his first major final.
Rod Laver, a legendary Australian tennis player, believes Nick Kyrgios can win a Grand Slam after reaching this year’s Wimbledon final. He has endorsed Kyrgios for more success in the coming season.
Kyrgios won the Citi Open title and advanced to both the ATP Masters tournament in Montreal and the U.S. Open in New York after losing to Novak Djokovic in his first major final. Laver claimed that lack of confidence, rather than quality, was to blame for his countryman’s loss to Djokovic at the All England Club.
According to Laver, the only player to complete the calendar Grand Slam twice, “Kyrgios has all the ability in the world, every shot that you could desire to make.”
“He’s undoubtedly one of the game’s biggest servers. He can play under pressure and is accurate. Although I was overjoyed that he made it to the final, he didn’t believe he could win Wimbledon.”
The 27-year-old Kyrgios, who attracts praise for his talent but criticism for his behaviour and attitude on the court, was extremely driven in the second part of the year, moving back into the top 20 of the men’s rankings.
I believe that hit home for him, according to Laver, who has previously criticised Kyrgios. “I am good enough, I can do this, he realised. The best thing to ever happen to him was that.
“He is aware that he can play and contend right now. Don’t enter the game with the mindset that three wins will be sufficient.
“He is now contemplating “Next year? Wimbledon? You’ll observe a distinct player.”