‘Nick, you’ll be back’
The Australian world No.40, competing in a maiden Grand Slam final, was 2-0 head-to-ahead against Djokovic coming in, and was looking to become the first Australian man in 20 years to win a major singles title.
“Nick, you’ll be back, not just Wimbledon, but in finals,” Djokovic told Kyrgios.
“You showed why you deserve to be one of the best players in the world, particularly on this surface, congrats to you and your team for an amazing tournament. I wish you all the best man.
“I really respect you a lot, I think you’re a phenomenal tennis player and athlete, amazing talent – I mean you’ve been hearing all that for many years, but now everything is starting to come together for you, so I’m sure we’re going to see much of you in the later stages of Grand Slams.
“I never thought I would say so many nice things about you, considering the relationship,” added Djokovic with a laugh, referencing their rocky past that included multiple digs from Kyrgios aimed at the Serb.
“Okay, it’s officially a bromance!”