Rod Laver tips Nick Kyrgios to become best player in the world

Who will replace Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray once they retire?

That’s the question that many people are struggling to answer, especially after the next generation failed to make a big statement at the 2018 Australian Open.

However, 11-time Grand Slam winner Rod Laver believes Nick Kyrgios is the man who will take over the baton from the likes of Federer and Nadal one day.

Kyrgios exited the Australian Open in the fourth round after going down in four sets to Grigor Dimitrov.

“I think, you know, Nick Kyrgios could be the best player in the world,” Laver  told Fairfax Media. “He has the markings of all of it. So many other people have said the same thing.

“What’s he done? He’s beaten Nadal, he’s beaten Federer, darn near all of them, at their best.”

He added: “I think his mental approach has changed – winning the Brisbane tournament,” Laver added.

“Nick, I think, is ready to get involved. Beating (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga in Melbourne here is a great start.

“I just believe that he’s ready to sort of do something.”