Richard Federer says it’s not too late for n tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios to redeem himself. Photo: Paul Kane Daria Gavrilova and Nick Kyrgios of Green pose with the Hopman Cup last week. Federer says Kyrgios’ form needs to be matched by composure on and off the court. Photo: Paul Kane
Federer in action against Milos Raonic on Sunday night. Photo: Chris Hyde
Milos Raonic wins the Brisbane International with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Federer. Photo: Tertius Pickard
Hopman Cup victory for Ken Rosewall says Kyrgios has learnt lessonsKyrgios in hot water over Wawrinka sledge
Brisbane: Roger Federer was unimpressed – then and now – by Nick Kyrgios’ on-court sledge of Swiss star Stan Wawrinka in Montreal in August, but he says it’s not too late for the young n to redeem himself in the eyes of a disapproving public.
“I don’t know. I haven’t read the press here. Obviously it was a tough spell for him there through the American summer,” Federer said after Sunday night’s 6-4, 6-4 finals loss to Milos Raonic at the Brisbane International.
“But people get second chances, you know. Everybody deserves one, depending on what you did, clearly. We’re talking sporting terms. It was not good what he did, but at the same time, let’s see how he’s going to do in the future.
“I haven’t followed him much in recent times, but seemed he was good at the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) and now again at the Hopman Cup. I saw he played great, which, number one, he’s got to make sure that the game is there, and, number two, obviously his attitude has got to follow.
“I think it’s quite refreshing for the game actually. He’s always been a guy that I enjoyed seeing play. It was just that he crossed the line then a couple times too many times. I think with experience it’s not going to happen so often anymore.”
Federer was satisfied overall by the amount of match play he gained in Brisbane during the first week of the season, and also by his work with new coaching team member Ivan Ljubicic, despite being affected by an illness in the lead-up to Sunday night.
He will now move to Melbourne to complete his preparation for his 17th n Open, where he will be joined by Doha Open finalists Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Federer admits he was surprised by Djokovic’s emphatic 6-1, 6-2 win over Nadal in Doha. Afterwards, Nadal said the Serb “did everything perfectly”.
“I don’t know anybody who’s ever played tennis like this,” he said. “Since I know this sport I’ve never seen somebody playing at this level.”
Federer said such blowouts were rare between two top players.
“So to some extent it’s surprising for sure. That Novak wins … maybe not so much because he’s been on a roll for a while now,” said the world No.3, adding that the outcome, like some of the one-sided results at the year-end ATP Tour Finals, may have been related to slow court speeds.
“These kind of courts sometimes allows that to happen, whoever takes the upper hand from the baseline then destroys the other guy. So, yeah, different continent, different playing in , but, yeah, of course (Djokovic) is the favourite for the n Open. Plus he’s played well there historically.”
Raonic, who peaked at fourth in the world as recently as May last year, is confident his best grand slam result is imminent following comebacks from foot surgery and a back injury that cut short a trying season.
This one has started very positively, with new coaching input from former Spanish star Carlos Moya, and a greater feeling of comfort at the net.
“It feels great considering how the last nine months have been,” Raonic said after winning his first Roy Emerson Trophy.
“It adds a sort of cherry on top to all that. I stepped up and was able to show that to myself and everybody else today. That’s what I’m most proud of.” Sponsored: n Open tickets available from just $75 at Queen of Tickets