Greg Rusedski praised Nick as one of the most talented players of the Open era alongside Roger Federer and John McEnroe. Still, the former Major finalist understands that it takes a lot more to achieve a remarkable career, including dedication to the practice court and other elements. Nick’s last memorable tournament was in Washington 2019 when he beat Daniil Medvedev in the final, and he never made it to the quarterfinals again! Without missing tennis in 2020, Nick has yet to return to the level of two years ago, dealing with a lack of motivation and constant injuries. The Australian will have to work hard at the start of the US Open, facing Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round on Monday night. “The problem is that he does not want a coach. He has had significant influences around him: Lleyton Hewitt, a great champion. Australian tennis coaches have a fantastic system. There is nothing I can say to Kyrgios. The only person who can make that decision is himself if he wants to become a champion. He is more concerned with disputes on social media and other things. He could be a great guy for tennis; he just doesn’t put in the work and effort, and if you don’t… the older it gets, the more difficult it gets. He is as talented, if not more so, than Roger Federer or John McEnroe. But it doesn’t matter how ridiculously talented you are. He doesn’t get over hard work, routine and commitment from day to day,” said Greg Rusedski.
Bencic reflects on Roger Federer
In the absence of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, Swiss tennis has found a new flagbearer, both literally and figuratively, in the form of Belinda Bencic. And Bencic recently expressed hope that the quartet of herself, Jil Teichmann, Viktorija Golubic and Stefanie Voegele can one day emulate Federer and Wawrinka. Belinda Bencic was asked if she felt disappointed that Federer and Nadal could end their careers without ever having played each other at the US Open. She answered in the affirmative, but cautioned that only Federer himself could give an appropriate response to the question. “Oh, yeah, I mean, of course I hope he will play Nadal again and he will play again,” Bencic said. “But I’m sure, but I cannot answer this question, because I don’t really know — you have to ask him for that.” Bencic further stated that she hopes to see Federer back in action soon, before claiming she is “very positive” that he will return to tennis. “But for me personally, I definitely hope that he will be back soon,” Bencic said. “I’m very positive about it, for sure, because he loves tennis so much. Hopefully we can see him again.”