Rod Laver Claims Nick Kyrgios Did NOT Believe He Could Win Wimbledon

Rod Laver Claims Nick Kyrgios Did NOT Believe He Could Win Wimbledon As Tennis Legend Explains Why Aussie Bad Boy’s Magical Run Was A Lightbulb Moment For Him

  • Rod Laver has claimed that Nick Kyrgios didn’t think he could win Wimbledon
  • Kyrgios reached the men’s singles final at SW19 earlier this season
  • He ultimately fell at the final hurdle against Novak Djokovic, losing 3-1 in sets.
  • Laver believes his magical run could be a lightbulb moment for the Aussie.

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Rod Laver believes Nick Kyrgios fell short at Wimbledon because, deep down, he didn’t think he could win at the All England Club, as the tennis great weighs in on his compatriot’s resurgence.

Kyrgios defied the odds to reach the final of this year’s men’s singles competition at SW19, defeating No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on his way to the main event against Novak Djokovic.

The 27-year-old took the opening set of the final but was unable to continue as his Serbian rival cruised to a 3-1 victory to clinch his 21st Grand Slam title.

Nick Kyrgios didn't think he could win the men's singles at Wimbledon, says Rod Laver

Nick Kyrgios didn’t think he could win the men’s singles at Wimbledon, says Rod Laver

Kyrgios reached the quarterfinals at the US Open even though he would have hoped for a better run, and Laver says that despite his cocky exterior, his Wimbledon tournament was exactly what he needed to believe.

“Kyrgios has all the skill in the world, every shot you could want to take,” Laver said. The Telegraph. ‘It’s probably one of the biggest servers in the game. He is precise, he can play under pressure.

“I was excited for him to get to the final, but I didn’t think he could win Wimbledon. In my mind, I said, “Hey, put on your best performance. You might surprise yourself.” A month or two later, I said, “You can win some of these games. Why don’t you apply yourself, man?”

The 27-year-old was beaten by Novak Djokovic in this season's main event.

The 27-year-old was beaten by Novak Djokovic in this season's main event.

The 27-year-old was beaten by Novak Djokovic in this season’s main event.

Australian legend Laver claims Kyrgios' career could be a lightbulb moment for his compatriot

Australian legend Laver claims Kyrgios' career could be a lightbulb moment for his compatriot

Australian legend Laver claims Kyrgios’ career could be a lightbulb moment for his compatriot

‘He hit the nail on the head, I think. He realized, “Shit, I’m good enough, I can do this.” That was the biggest thing that happened to him.

Unfortunately, he said he wanted to go back to Australia and not play in the Laver Cup. But he knows that now he can play and compete.

“Don’t walk the court thinking, ‘If I get three games, that’s enough.’ Now he’s thinking, “Next year? Wimbledon? You’re going to see a different player.”

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