Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been labelled many things, but now he can add fortune teller to the mix.
Comments from Kyrgios about Novak Djokovic 12 months ago have come to fruition and the injured Aussie was quick to remind the world of the ‘monster’ that was created, while also making another wild Djokovic prediction.
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Djokovic claimed his 10th Australian Open title on Sunday night, with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) win over No.3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, to seal his record-equalling 22nd grand slam title.
On the eve of last year’s tournament, Djokovic was deported from Australia after a 10-day legal saga that culminated with his visa being revoked.
He originally was granted an exemption to strict vaccination rules by two medical panels and Tennis Australia in order to play in the Australian Open.
After Djokovic had been moved into a detention facility, Kyrgios weighed in on the issue.
“For the sport, we need him here,” he said 12 months ago.
“I just want it to end. I’m feeling for him now, it’s not really humane what’s going on.”
He went on to say: “If he’s allowed to play the Australian Open, I don’t want any bar of him. I reckon he’s going to be p***ed off.
“He’s going to be very determined to play well and stick it to everyone of what’s going on. And I don’t want any bar of that Novak.”
Now, he’s been proven right.
“Haha I told you. We created a monster. Well done Novak …. Sat on my couch and enjoyed the entire show.,” Kyrgios tweeted.
The title means the Serbian powerhouse is level with Rafael Nadal on 22 grand slam titles, also matching Steffi Graf’s total haul.
And Djokovic – feeling at the peak of his powers even at 35 – isn’t ruling out sweeping past Margaret Court and becoming the most prolific grand slam singles champion of all time.
Forget his ongoing race with Nadal for the men’s majors record, Djokovic plans on surpassing Court’s age-old benchmark of 24 singles slams and posting a number no tennis player will ever catch.
Next up is Serena Williams’ 23, then Court’s 24, a once untouchable target the Australian set half a century ago, in 1973.
And Kyrgios has backed Djokovic in to easily break the record, believing he will win 28 grand slams.
“Of course I am motivated to win as many slams as possible,” Djokovic said when asked if he felt he could reel in Court – and then carry on.
“At this stage of my career, these trophies are the biggest motivational factor of why I still compete. That’s the case without a doubt.
“I still have lots of motivation. Let’s see how far it takes me. I really don’t want to stop here. I don’t have intention to stop here.”
– with AAP.