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Nick Kyrgios dismisses Novak Djokovic-Michael Jordan comparability



© Getty Photographs Sport – Daniel Pockett

Nick Kyrgios agrees with Richard Gasquet that Novak Djokovic is doing one thing extraordinary however would not agree with the Michael Jordan comparability, as a substitute naming the Serb as “the LeBron James of tennis.”

Gasquet, who’s 37 and just about from the identical technology as 36-year-old Djokovic, acknowledged in a latest interview that there’s nothing unusual in seeing a participant begin to drop in efficiency in mid-thirties. Whereas making that assertion, Gasquet famous that he’s not counting the likes of Djokovic, Jordan and Lionel Messi are simply one thing completely different. 

“One has to change into much less good, other than Djokovic, who wins Grand Slams at virtually 37 years previous,” Gasquet advised L’Equipe.

“Have we ever skilled this in sport, other than maybe Jordan?

“[Lionel] Messi performs in Miami, the others in Saudi Arabia, he’s world No. 1… I am unable to clarify how a man like that’s so sturdy at that age.

“At 37-38 years previous, usually you’re inferior to at 25. I by no means thought I might be taking part in the 12 months I turned 38. Unimaginable.”

Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet
Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet© Getty Photographs Sport – Sarah Stier

 

Kyrgios: Djokovic is the LeBron James of tennis 

Responding to Gasquet’s feedback, Kyrgios wrote on Instagram: “No, he’s LeBron. LeBron continues to be doing this at 40. Jordan stopped rather a lot earlier and wasn’t as dominant.”

Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic
Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic© Getty Photographs Sport – Kelly Defina

 

Final 12 months, Djokovic had probably the most profitable seasons of his profession, profitable three Grand Slams in his 4 Slam finals. Now, Djokovic owns the all-time file of 24 Grand Slams. Additionally final 12 months, Djokovic set a brand new file for essentially the most weeks spent on the world No. 1 spot by a person or girl. 

At first of this season, Djokovic fell simply in need of making his sixth consecutive Grand Slam last after dropping to Jannik Sinner within the Australian Open semifinal. After beating Djokovic, 22-year-old Sinner additionally dealt with the enterprise towards Daniil Medvedev to elevate his maiden Grand Slam title.

Djokovic’s Australian Open loss and Sinner’s triumph have since led to some claiming that the Serb is “finished” and {that a} new period is about to begin in tennis. Djokovic has definitely heard the entire speak and there’s no doubt that he will probably be very decided to show his doubters flawed within the the rest of the 12 months.

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