Rod Laver backs Nick Kyrgios for success after run to Wimbledon final | Tennis News

Australian great Rod Laver backed Nick Kyrgios for more success next season after reaching this year Wimbledon final and says his tremendous form in the second half of 2022 convinced him he has what it takes to win a Grand Slam.
After losing to Novak Djokovic in his first Grand Final, Kyrgios won the Citi Open title and went deep into the ATP Masters event in Montreal and the US Open in New York.
Laver said his compatriot’s loss to Djokovic at the All England Club was down to a lack of belief, not talent.
“Kyrgios has all the ability in the world, every shot you could want to make,” Laver, the only player to complete the Grand Slam schedule twice, told The Telegraph.
“He’s probably one of the biggest servers in the game. He’s precise, he can play under pressure. I was delighted he made the final, but he didn’t think he could win Wimbledon.”
Kyrgios, 27, who delights fans with his talent but draws criticism for his antics and temperament on the pitch, appeared highly motivated in the second half, moving up into the top 20 of the men’s rankings.
“It touched him, I think,” said Laver, who has in the past criticized Kyrgios. “He realized, ‘I’m good enough, I can do it’. That’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened to him.
“He knows he can play and compete now. Don’t walk onto the pitch thinking, ‘If I get three games, that’s enough’.
“Now he’s thinking, ‘Next year? Wimbledon? Are you going to see another player’.”

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