Federer has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments and is eight ATP titles away from Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 108.Kyrgios has been causing waves ag
Federer has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments and is eight ATP titles away from Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 108.
Kyrgios has been causing waves against the likes of Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and boasts an impressive head-to-head record against the trio.
The controversial Australian is hoping to add some spice to tennis and has called on lower-ranked players to follow suit.
“When I would walk out on the court against Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, any of these guys, I don’t understand why I need to respect them automatically,” Kyrgios told the No Challenges Remaining podcast.
“All they do is hit a ball over the net.
“Off the court, Federer is doing unbelievable things.
“Off the court he is an absolute champ. He is creating lives for people.
“But on the court I don’t need to all of a sudden give him respect.”
Kyrgios is not afraid of showing his true feeling to opponents or officials and has often got himself in hot water with the authorities.
But he feels that honesty is the best approach.
“If you don’t like someone then tell them you don’t like them,” he added.
“Don’t create this fake respect in the player cafe.
I’d actually prefer if there were more rivalries and stuff. I think it’s good for the sport.
“If everyone likes everyone it’s not fun.”