Nick Kyrgios has suggested to Andy Murray that they should pair up to play doubles together when the tour resumes. While it would prove a major attraction, it is unlikely bearing in mind Murray’s condition: “Only if you promise to behave — you said you were going to.”
Djokovic was playing dodgeball on my serve and you were slapping it for a winner. He was trying to dodge it (but) you were on it like a light Nick Kyrgios
The invitation was made during an Instagram chat between the pair at the weekend following Murray’s 33rd birthday on Friday.
Asked how he was faring, Murray replied: “I feel pretty good. I was doing well before the injury at the Davis Cup. I think when things get back to normal, I think I will be alright.”
The conversation took place with the controversial Aussie star speaking from Canberra, his home town while he was well under the weather, declaring that Murray was better than world No 1 Novak Djokovic, who “dodges” his serve while the Scot, in contrast, was on “on it like a light!”
By his own estimate Kyrgios, speaking well after midnight from his home in Canberra, had drunk six glasses of wine when he logged on and admitted that during the lockdown “My knowledge and interest in red wine has gone incredibly up during this quarantine.”
Kyrgios has never hidden his likes or dislikes of players but over the years, he has grown to respect Murray leading him to reveal: “I think you should have one of the best careers ever. I think you are better than Djokovic.
“Djokovic was playing dodgeball on my serve and you were slapping it for a winner. He was trying to dodge it (but) you were on it like a light.”
Murray’s responded wryly: “The results would suggest otherwise.”
Djokovic leads their head-to-head record 25-11 and has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles to Murray’s three.
Kyrgios’ relationship with Djokovic has never been cordial, once describing the Serb’s post-match ‘cup of love’ celebrations as “cringeworthy” and declaring he had a “sick obsession with wanting to be liked”.