After Federer lost to Donskoy Wednesday Djokovic followed him in Acapulco yesterday when he lost 7-6(9), 7-5 to Kygios. I thought Djokovic played great except for the final game where he wilted under the pressure and dropped serve to love.
Up until that point, there was nothing in this very high-quality match. Kyrgios has now won his first match against Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic. Ever since I saw him play against Nadal at Wimbledon I knew he was a special talent.
I actually like his game a lot. The problem is his attitude stinks so much that he is impossible to like. He is the most obnoxious jerk you can possibly imagine. By far the most unlikeable tennis player I have ever come across.
And I’m not saying this because he beat my favorite player. I have disliked him for some time now. Who would ever forget the incident where totally disrespected Stan, one of the nicest guys on tour?
Obnoxious little brats don’t get no love
He constantly shows a terrible attitude during matches and tanks when things don’t go his way on the day. He also claims not to love the sport and prefers basketball to tennis. Why waste your time, Nick?
It’s not like we will miss your inspirational attitude and fighting spirit. I’ve never enjoyed watching players waste their talent but Kyrgios is currently taking my dislike for it to a whole new level. At least there was something to like about players like Safin, Nalbandian, and Rios.
They had charisma at least. Kyrgios is just a jerk. But a jerk who is unplayable when things work out for him. He served 25 aces and even the best returner in the sport was unable to make an impression on his serve.
Djokovic did well just to keep it as close as he did but in the end, the pressure told as he made a string of unforced errors to drop serve and exit the tournament.
- How Does This Loss Affect Djokovic’s Progress?
As far as I’m concerned this loss means diddly squat. The only thing I am interested in from a fan’s perspective is Djokovic’s attitude and that is spot on. What I saw this week from Djokovic was what I hoped for.
He looks dialed in and hungry which is what I expected and hoped for after what happened in Melbourne. I was particularly delighted with his 20-second presser after the loss to Kyrgios.
You can see how pissed off he is which is great news for Djokovic fans because it shows how much he cares. The angrier Djokovic gets the more he cares and the more he cares the harder he becomes to stop.
Real men respect each other
It was clear to me in Acapulco that Djokovic was driven and hungry. The win against Del Potro proved that where he came from a set and a break down in the third against another very dangerous player.
If he lost that match I would have been concerned. But now I’m very hopeful. The loss to Kyrgios will make him even more determined and driven judging from the quick presser. The more he loses the more determined he gets so even when he loses he wins.
I have no doubt that he will come good again. It’s just a matter of time now. He got another tough draw but Indian Wells is next, where his draw can only improve and where he holds a record five titles. So I’m optimistic.
- The Remainder of Acapulco and Dubai
The Dubai final will be decided between Murray and Verdasco after wins over Pouille and Haase respectively today. Murray is the heavy favorite there and if he wins it will be the ideal way for him to recover after what happened in Melbourne.
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) March 3, 2017
Then in Acapulco, the semis still have to be played between Nadal vs Cilic and Kyrgios vs Querrey. It will be interesting to see whether Kyrgios continues his good form and capitalizes on his win over Djokovic by winning the tournament.
Nadal vs Cilic will be intriguing as well because it will be the first serious test for Nadal after Melbourne. He has done well so far but he needs to win Acapulco now that his nemesis Djokovic is out.