Nick Kyrgios believes Andy Murray remains one of the toughest opponents in the world on grass as the Briton looks to reestablish himself at the top levels of the game.
“I think he’s still one of the most dangerous players on grass,” said Kyrgios, who lost to Murray in Stuttgart earlier this month, on Sunday. “I really think the way he can handle speed, flip, compete, slice, fly, as long as his body feels good, I don’t want to see him on the grass at all. I’m playing amazing tennis right now. That first set was as good a level as anyone can produce on grass.
Despite being unseeded, Kyrgios arrives at Wimbledon in one of the best form of his career, compiling a 16-6 record with his limited schedule this year. His only loss against a player outside the top 20 this year was against Murray. However, in several of those losses to tough opposition, he mentally imploded.
After winning the Australian Open men’s doubles tournament alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios will join his friend at Wimbledon despite his lack of enthusiasm for the best-of-five-sets format.
“To be honest, I’m not really looking forward to playing best-of-five doubles,” he said. “I think it’s the dumbest thing ever, to be brutally honest. I don’t know why it’s the best of five sets.
“Nobody wants to play best-of-five doubles. No one wants to watch best-of-five doubles. I’m excited, but I’m also dreading the fact that if it’s a set everywhere, I’m going to have to play [two or] three more sets of doubles.
Meanwhile, fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas arrived in London after winning his first grass court tournament in Mallorca at the weekend, edging out Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. Although he reached his first Grand Slam fourth round at Wimbledon in 2018, grass was statistically his worst surface by far and Tsitsipas is yet to reach a Wimbledon quarter-final. He hopes to change that narrative this year.
“People kind of doubted I could play on grass, I think it’s fair to say,” he said. “I never doubted myself. I said – I insisted, in fact – that I could play on it and it remains one of my favorite surfaces that tennis has to offer. I was quite confident I guess I proved myself last week that it’s not a surface I don’t like.