Nick Kyrgios has made no bones about his issues with tennis’ ‘Big Three’ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
All three have criticised the Australian firebrand at various times throughout his career, with Kyrgios’ recent spat with Nadal at the Mexico Open springing to mind.
Kyrgios took aim at Djokovic on Twitter after his loss to German journeyman Phillip Kohlschreiber, after a journalist queried whether the Serbian star was at full strength.
“Lol yeah, something has to be wrong with him right,” Kyrgios wrote on Twitter.
“I lose to Kholi and get absolutely shredded ‘same old kyrgios’ how about the guy is just good? And he knows how to win matches? Hate this, why we always gotta kiss these guys when they lose.”
Journalist Craig Gabriel had questioned Djokovic’s fitness throughout the match.
“Just wondering if all is right with Novak Djokovic,” the freelancer wrote.
“He is missing sitters and is looking lethargic.”
Lol yeah, something has to be wrong with him right? I lose to Kholi and get absolutely shredded ‘same old kyrgios’ how about the guy is just good? And he knows how to win matches? Hate this, why we always gotta kiss these guys when they lose 😂 https://t.co/4nwxBWUiQi
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) March 12, 2019
Perhaps typically for Kyrgios’s online commentary, opinion was divided.
The Australian garnered some sympathy, with many agreeing with his assessment of Kohlschreiber’s talent.
Others though, were quick to point out Djokovic’s 15 grand slam titles entitled him to a certain level of leeway.
Agree or disagree w Kyrgios , you have to respect that he’s willing to engage like this…the obvious comeback though: win 15 majors and with that comes a certain level of license. https://t.co/AoAYXgwqmK
— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) March 13, 2019
I know you have won, sorry, been to the finals of, sorry, been to the semi-finals of, sorry, quarter-finals of 2 slams and therefore are just the person to critique 15 time slam winner @DjokerNole . Thank you.
— DougMTL🇨🇦 (@Dougindice) March 13, 2019
Your right Nick! Everyone has bad days and kohl is having a great tournament it happens!
— Denise Johnston (@RunDeniseJ) March 13, 2019
Good point. Seems to be unthinkable for some people that even the #1 ranked player can lose a match from time to time.
— Doris (@DorisLaRubia) March 13, 2019
Totally agree he is just good and dangerous players like Novak and even Roger misjudge him totally you don't have to play badly to be beaten by him and you most certainly don't have to be injured he is just that good on some surfaces
— heather christie (@heather122336) March 13, 2019
Regardless of Kyrgios’ opinion, it was a day to forget for Djokovic.