Rising Australian star Nick Kyrgios has revealed that Roger Federer is his ‘role model’, lavishing praise on the Swiss maestro’s actions on and off the field.
The 20-year-old rose to rapid prominence in the men’s circuitry following his stunning four-set triumph over Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth round last year.
Ranked 41st at present, the Canberra-native is peddled by many as one of the rising talents and a player capable of breaking the stranglehold of the game’s establishment.
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To do so, it appears he has selected the right source of inspiration. Kyrgios described Federer as his ‘only role model’ and waxed lyrical about the Swiss superstar’s persona on and off the court.
As reported by tennis.com, he stated: “I remember watching him play. I still watch him a lot when I’m in my room doing nothing. I would just go on YouTube and watch him. I think he’s the greatest of all-time.
“He’s the one role model I have—off the court as well—because of the way he carries himself, helping people.”
Kyrgios is currently competing in the Malaysian Open where he is seeded seventh. He cruised into the competition’s quarterfinal after making little work of Tatsuma Ito in a 6-3, 6-2 win.
The young Australian has certainly caught the eye of many tennis fans with his talents on a tennis court, but that is not the only sporting field he excels in.
Kyrgios claims he is more fond of basketball than he is of tennis. Perhaps his parents had a final say on the subject of his career choice.
He added: “My parents drove me towards tennis a lot. I’ve come a long way from where I was around six years ago, so I don’t regret the choice at all.”
The lanky player has an 18-15 win-loss mark for the season and is yet to win a professional title in his career. However, he beat his childhood hero Federer in the only meeting between the two in Madrid Open in May.