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Kokkinakis: “Novak is like a wall. Federer plays with more style”

Thanasi Kokkinakis It does not arrive in the best conditions at this Wimbledon 2022. However, surprising himself, the Australian has overtaken the Pole Kamil Majchrzak. Now, in the second round, he has a rival of a higher level, Novak Djokovic. Kokkinakis speaks at a press conference about the characteristics of the members of the Big 3, highlighting certain aspects of the occasions in which he has faced Nadal, Federer and Djokovic, in addition to being on Kyrgios’ side when it comes to doubles.

First win at Wimbledon

“I am super happy with the result, I had a lot of doubts before coming to the tournament. He wasn’t sure how he would play it, if he ended up doing it at all. It’s my first win at Wimbledon, I couldn’t be happier.

Next opponent: Novak Djokovic

“It was in the back of my head to play that game. I saw the painting. I’m not one of those people who doesn’t look beyond their next game. He knew he was in for a tough matchup, but he knew what was at stake. I am looking forward to the opportunity.

The last time he faced the Serbian was at Roland Garros in 2015: “I think he had more game and that he was in better shape the last time I played against him, but he was very young. Grass is a surface I haven’t felt completely comfortable on in the past, but today I felt really good.

Obviously, it’s going to be a very tough challenge. Probably not the favorite, let’s put it that way. It’s going to be so much fun, I’m going to go out and play my game. He’s like a wall, so you have to beat him, he’s not going to beat himself.”

On Nadal, Federer and Djokovic

“I played against Rafa when I was 17 years old, so it was a long time ago. They are different players, but they do things extremely well. I have played against everyone. The match against Federer is my favorite because I was the one who won.

Novak is like a wall. Federer plays with a little more flair. When I played against Rafa I felt that he was not on the same physical level. Not many people are. Each one brings something different. What stands out about Novak on grass is his mobility, it seems that he slides on the court. I’m going to have to hit up to five winners in order to have a chance of earning a point.”

According to Kyrgios

In the press conference prior to the tournament, Nick Kyrgios described as “the greatest stupidity” to play doubles to the best of five sets, something with which Thanasi agrees: “I’m with him on this, especially if you also play singles. If you only play doubles then you can deal with best of five sets.

We’ll see what happens. We said that if we win some individual matches, it could be a difficult situation for us. It is always a pleasure to share the track with Kyrgios. We get along very well outside, we talk all the time. We don’t play for results, we play for fun.”

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