Tennis bad-boy Nick Kyrgios
has pleaded for Roger Federer
to win the Wimbledon
men's singles final as he continues his feud with world No 1 Novak Djokovic
The controversial Australian stunned the tennis world earlier this year in a podcast where he tore into the 'cringeworthy' Djokovic.
And while he will play no part in the final at the All England Club, Kyrgios sent social media into a frenzy hours before the match as he pleaded for a Federer victory.
'Federer please win,' tweeted Kyrgios, publicly making clear he wants to see Djokovic lose the match.
Kyrgios is one of the most divisive figures tennis fans have ever seen and he is not scared to give his honest - and often damning - assessments of rival players, particularly Djokovic.
'I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked,' the Aussie said during an interview on the 'No Challenges Remaining
' podcast earlier this year.
'He just wants to be like Roger. For me personally - I don't care right now, I've come this far - I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can't stand him,' Kyrgios said.
'This whole celebration thing [the 'boob-throwing' celebration] that he does after matches, it's like so cringeworthy. It's very cringeworthy.
'He's an unbelievable player, he's a champion of the sport; one of the greatest we'll ever see. He probably will, honestly, I reckon he will get the Grand Slam count, I reckon he will overpass Federer.
'We're talking about a guy who pulled out of the Australian Open one year because it was too hot. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest for me.
'Simply because, I've played him twice and like, I'm sorry, but if you can't beat me, you're not the greatest of all time. Because if you like look at my day-to-day routine and how much I train and how much I put in, it's zero compared to him.'
Djokovic has gone on record this year to say he has been surprised by Kyrgios' sentiments towards him and that he 'respects' every player on the tour.
The Serbian will not allow the Australian to distract him as he looks to defend his title and take a step closer to Federer in the all-time list.
He has beaten the Swiss in their last three meetings but for Federer, he is searching for his ninth Wimbledon title and his 21st Grand Slam title in his career.