Australian Open 2021 - 'Djokovic wants end to Nick Kyrgios spat' - Mats Wilander backs Novak in row
Mats Wilander has come to the defence of Novak Djokovic after Nick Kyrgios called the world number one a "very strange cat" in the latest episode in their ongoing spat at the 2021 Australian Open. Wilander does not believe Djokovic should waste any more time on the row and has also backed him over his pre-tournament requests for other players.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning a point in his Men's Singles second round match against Frances Tiafoe of the United States during day three of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
But Eurosport expert Wilander has come to Djokovic's defence and believes the 33-year-old should not waste any time or energy on going back and forth with Kyrgios, who memorably described his rival as a "tool" in the build-up to the event.
'That's as bad as it gets for me' - Kyrgios hits back at 'very strange cat' Djokovic
"Novak is trying to start something, he’s trying to be the voice for the smaller guy. I give him a lot of credit because he knows that people are going to have opinions about what he says because he’s the number one player in the world.
"But somebody has got to have a voice for the little guy and I think the press is having a field day in criticising him.
I actually think Novak is doing a great thing and he is speaking up for the smaller guy and the player that needs to make a little bit more money.
"So Novak, you should concentrate on your tennis, but you're doing a great job!"
Highlights: Tiafoe takes set off Djokovic but world No.1's class prevails