Rod Laver believes Nick Kyrgios’ shift in mentality could help the Australian become a future world number one.
Kyrgios could not follow up his Brisbane International victory with a deep run into the Australian Open, having lost to third seed Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, but has impressed tennis legend Laver with his recent performances.
“I think his mental approach has changed – winning the Brisbane tournament,” Laver told Fairfax Media.
“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. Just the way he’s playing, he’s just sort of playing and not letting outside interests worry him.”
While the men’s game awaits a new champion to break through, 36-year-old Roger Federer went about his business to pick up a 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne.
Should current world number one Rafael Nadal from injury, he will be favourite for the French Open in spring, while many will fancy Federer to retain his Wimbledon crown once more.
Meanwhile, there are a myriad of players in the top 30 who are yet to taste Grand Slam glory, while no young star has reached a final since a 20-year-old Juan Martin del Potro won the 2009 US Open.
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