In a recent episode of the *Advantage Connors* podcast, tennis legend Jimmy Connors highlighted the unparalleled focus and concentration of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic as key factors distinguishing him as "the best" in tennis.
Drawing a comparison between Djokovic and the enigmatic Australian player, Nick Kyrgios, Connors remarked on the Serb's singular dedication to the sport, stating that “nothing gets in his way”. Connors, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, noted, “If you’re going to be the best, you look at Djokovic.
He is entirely zeroed in on his tennis and winning. Unlike Novak, Nick often allows his mind to drift to other pursuits”. The American legend wasn't entirely critical of Kyrgios but emphasized the necessity of undivided energy to achieve greatness.
He mused about Kyrgios' potential, suggesting, “Perhaps he's content with his current achievements. It's not a criticism, merely an exploration of what he could be versus where he currently stands”.
Djokovic's Dominance, Kyrgios's Struggles
Djokovic's recent triumph at the 2023 US Open - a straight-set win against world No.
3 Daniil Medvedev - marked his 24th Grand Slam title, solidifying his position in tennis history. This year alone, Djokovic clinched three out of four Grand Slam tournaments, only faltering in a five-set thriller against Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon.
The Serb's dominance extends beyond titles, with a remarkable 12-3 record in Grand Slam finals since he turned 30. In contrast, Nick Kyrgios, who previously defeated Djokovic in two encounters, lost to the Serb in a captivating four-set match at the 2022 Wimbledon.
Kyrgios' 2023 campaign has been marred by injuries, with his sole competitive match taking place in Stuttgart in June. Kyrgios himself addressed the dynamics of his relationships with tennis's 'Big Three' earlier this year after a charity exhibition with Djokovic.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Kyrgios revealed, “I’m now quite close with both Novak and Roger [Federer]. Rafa [Nadal] and I simply acknowledge each other in passing”. Reflecting on past criticisms of Djokovic, Kyrgios expressed no regrets, stating, “Life’s too short for that.
These experiences have shaped our bond, making it even more unique. Collaborating on the grandest stage with one of the all-time greats is genuinely remarkable”.