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'He's got a sick obsession with wanting to be liked': Nick Kyrgios launches astonishing attack on 'cringeworthy' world No 1 Novak Djokovic

By Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Published: 21:31 BST, 15 May 2019 | Updated: 21:31 BST, 15 May 2019

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Nick Kyrgios has given his unfiltered thoughts on tennis's greatest players, admitting that he 'can't stand' world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

In an outspoken interview last night the forthright Australian also accused Rafael Nadal of being a bad loser, and described his uncle Toni as an 'idiot' for criticising his supposed lack of education.

But it is Djokovic who is the particular subject of his ridicule, especially when it comes to his 'feel the love' celebrations after he has won matches.

Nick Kyrgios has launched a stinging attack on 'cringeworthy' Novak Djokovic

Nick Kyrgios has launched a stinging attack on 'cringeworthy' Novak Djokovic

In a remarkable interview with the No Challenges Podcast, during which the Australian concedes that his own self-discipline is lacking, he takes aim at the Serbian and his attempts to court popularity with the public.

'I just feel like he's got a sick obsession with wanting to be liked,' said the world number 36 from Canberra. 'He just wants to be Federer. I feel he wants to be liked so much that I just can't stand him. This whole celebration thing is so cringeworthy, it's very cringeworthy.

'Djokovic just riles me the wrong way. He always says what he thinks he needs to say rather than his actual opinion. The celebration just kills me. Honestly if I play him and beat him again, I'm doing the celebration in front of him,

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