Nick Kyrgios reveals how it felt playing Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon final

Nick Kyrgios said he felt Novak Djokovic “never seemed rattled” during their Wimbledon final and added a player needs to be “a mental animal” in order to win a Grand Slam. 

Kyrgios, 27, reached his first Grand Slam singles final at this past Wimbledon. 

Kyrgios competed extremely well in the Wimbledon final, but it was Djokovic who escaped with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3) win. 

“You just have to be a mental animal to win a Grand Slam. Novak, Federer, and Nadal, I think I give them a bit more respect now,” Kyrgios said in an interview for the Citi Open, per Sportskeeda. “Playing one of them in the final, felt like he was fresh, felt like he wasn’t playing tennis for the last two weeks and never seemed rattled.”

Kyrgios on what’s required in order to win a Grand Slam

Kyrgios maybe didn’t win his first Grand Slam title at this past Wimbledon, but now he has a clear picture of what’s required in order to win a Grand Slam title.

“You can lose a Grand Slam in a day, but you can’t win one. It takes so many days. You know, you play a match and you have a day off, then you play again and then have a day off, like it’s the mental capacity to keep doing the same things over and over again for two weeks at the highest level,” Kyrgios explained. “There’s so many different things, intangibles. You might be feeling sick one day, like I fell sick before I played (Filip) Krajinovic. Your body is hurting, mentally. I couldn’t sleep for two days after Rafa pulled out. Physically, I felt great, but mentally, you know.”

After beating Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic encouraged the Australian to keep his head high and told him he would certainly make another deep Grand Slam run.