Nick Kyrgios reignited his spat with Novak Djokovic with a request that made no attempt to hide his loyalties at Wimbledon.
Nearly two weeks after falling in the second round to Rafael Nadal, the Australian shared his one hope for Sunday night’s final.
“Federer please win.”
Federer please win 👻— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 14, 2019
The 24-year-old’s tweet on Sunday suggests he would have been happy with Roger Federer defeating Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday.
Kyrgios, of course, has built up a long-running rivalry with Djokovic and Nadal that soured even further this year.
A fiery Acapulco clash with Nadal in February made way for an explosive podcast appearance in May but the Spaniard wasn’t Kyrgios’s only target.
Kyrgios on Rafael Nadal
“He’s my polar opposite, like literally my polar opposite. And he’s super salty.
“Every time I’ve beaten him … when he wins, it’s fine. He won’t say anything bad, he’ll credit the opponent, ‘He was a great player’. But as soon as I beat him, it’s just like, ‘He has no respect for me, my fans and no respect to the game’.
“And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? I literally played this way when I beat you the other previous times and nothing changed, nothing changed. When you beat me in Rome here a couple of years ago, nothing changed; I was the same person’.
“It’s not a good look for you, I feel. And then Uncle Toni came out saying, ‘He lacks education’. I’m like, ‘Bra, I did 12 years at school, you idiot. I’m very educated. I understand that you’re upset I beat your family again’.”
Kyrgios on Novak Djokovic
“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger. For me personally – I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far – I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him.
“This whole celebration thing that he does after matches, it’s like so cringeworthy. It’s very cringeworthy.
“He’s an unbelievable player, he’s a champion of the sport; one of the greatest we’ll ever see. He probably will, honestly, I reckon he will get the Grand Slam count, I reckon he will overpass Federer.
“No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest for me. Simply because, I’ve played him twice and like, I’m sorry, but if you can’t beat me, you’re not the greatest of all time.”