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Nick Kyrgios mimics ‘cringeworthy’ Novak Djokovic celebration before Australian Open doubles exit


Kyrgios mocked Djokovic’s celebration before his Australian Open match (Picture: Getty/Eurosport)

Nick Kyrgios took an unsubtle swipe at Novak Djokovic on Sunday as he mimicked his celebration before his Australian Open doubles clash.

Kyrgios and Djokovic engaged in a war of words during the tournament, with the former branding the latter a ‘tool’ and a ‘strange cat’ and Djokovic claiming he doesn’t have much respect for the Aussie bad boy.

The world No. 47 from Canberra has long expressed his disdain for the 17-time Grand Slam champion and has labelled his “heart-throwing” celebration as ‘cringeworthy’ in the past.

Kyrgios had vowed to do Djokovic’s celebration if he beat him again, but decided to whack it out while heading on court for his doubles match with Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Ultimately, it didn’t inspire him and his partner to victory.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis were comfortably beaten 6-3 6-4 by fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Wesley Koolhof.

After the match, Kyrgios said: ‘Just feeling the love. Just trying to spread the good word of the celebration. Everyone loves that celebration. It’s well liked.’

‘Yeah, we’re just having some fun. Novak, I’m sure, doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all, so it’s fun.’

Speaking about Djokovic and his celebration on the No Challenges Remaining Podcast in 2019, Kyrgios said: ‘I just feel like he’s got a sick obsession with wanting to be liked,

‘He just wants to be Federer. I feel he wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This celebration thing is so cringeworthy.

‘He’s unbelievable, a champion of the sport, one of the greatest we will ever see. I think he will get the Grand Slam count and overtake Federer.

‘[But] we’re talking about a guy who pulled out of the Australian Open one year because it was too hot. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest to me.

‘I’ve played him twice and I’m sorry but if you cannot beat me, you cannot be the greatest of all time. Look at how much I train and put in… it’s zero compared to him.

‘For me Federer will always be the greatest of all time. What Rafa has done has been pretty scary too.

‘But Novak just riles me the wrong way. He always says what he thinks he needs to say rather than his actual opinion.

‘The celebration just kills me. Every time it does… it kills me. If I play him and beat him again, I’m doing the celebration in front of him [laughing]… that would be hilarious!’

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