Kyrgios is in his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon after Nadal was forced to withdraw injured on the eve of their semi-final. The 27-year-old had already beaten fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to his first semi-final match at a Major and will now face either Djokovic or Norrie in Sunday’s final, with the duo playing their own match of four last. later today.
And the world number 40 has now revealed the top seed shared his hope of facing Kyrgios in the final days of Sunday before knowing they were one game away from doing so. “We actually message each other about DMs on Instagram now and stuff. It’s really weird,” the Aussie said of his ‘bromance’ with Djokovic in a pre-final press conference. .
“In fact, earlier in the week he said to me, ‘I hope we’ll see each other on Sunday.'”
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Kyrgios and Djokovic had a frosty relationship in the past, with the 27-year-old calling the world No. 3 a ‘strange cat’ and getting torn when Djokovic staged the Adria Tour at the height of the pandemic in 2020 – an exposure that saw several of the players involved catch Covid after they were spotted dancing together and bonding with fans.
But the Canberra native defended the six-time Wimbledon champion when he was kicked out of Australia earlier this year on the eve of the first Grand Slam of 2022, and Kyrgios has now opened up about their unlikely friendship ahead of a potential meeting. In the final.
“We definitely have a bit of bromance now, which is weird. I think everyone knows there was no love lost for a while there. I think it was healthy for the sport. I think every time we played each other there was hype around it. It was interesting for the media, the people watching, all that stuff,” Kyrgios explained.
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