Nick Kyrgios found the prospect of facing more scary than facing Roger Federer and , while revealing he always mocked the three-time Grand Slam champion for not winning as much as Novak Djokovic.
The Australian is known to share a close bond with the Brit, who is this year, and hailed him as his best friend on the tennis tour.
Kyrgios has enjoyed some iconic wins during his young career, famously defeating Nadal at Wimbledon, while he has notched up wins over Federer and Djokovic, but he only got over the line against Murray for the first time in six attempts when the Scot made his first return from a hip injury last year.
And the world No. 51 fascinatingly revealed in a that he found Murray a more terrifying prospect than the greats of the game.
‘When I played him the first couple of times, I just felt so young on the court,’ he wrote. ‘I almost was beaten before I went out there.
‘When I played Roger, when I played Rafa, I wasn’t as scared of those guys as I was of Andy. I knew that his game was a lot tougher for a guy like me to play, I knew he was going to make a lot of balls, so I felt so young when I played him the first couple of times. I didn’t really believe in my physicality.
‘I knew that I couldn’t play long rallies with him and I knew I couldn’t last against him.
‘I would have loved to have played him when he was in his prime as I am now, it would maybe have been a much more competitive match.’
Kyrgios and Murray often exchange friendly jibes at one another on social media and the 22-year-old revealed that he often mocked the 31-year-old for having won 11 fewer Grand Slam titles than his great rival Djokovic.
He joked: ‘I always tell him, I look at [Novak] Djokovic, I look at how many Grand Slams he has won and the results he has had and I’m just thinking … I always tell him: “Dude, you’re so much better than Djokovic, you should have a way better career.”
‘I give him sh*t about it all the time. I’m always telling him that, you’re a tough player to play against. But he definitely had my number on the court.’
On a more serious note, he hailed Murray for getting the most out of his career having faced ‘three of the greatest of all-time’ and he suggested he would tap up Murray to see if the pair could play doubles together at Wimbledon this summer.
‘It would have been cool to play doubles with him once,’ he said. ‘I’m not sure where it could be and singles is a priority for him but you never know.
‘Who knows, maybe it could happen at Wimbledon. Fingers crossed, if his body stays good, I would love to play doubles with him there. I’ve never played doubles at Wimbledon before and I think it would be cool.’