Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has subtly thrown his support behind Roger Federer ahead of the highly anticipated Wimbledon men and women Novak Djokovic in fashion trademark.
Kyrgios made no secret of his feelings toward Djokovic eariler this year when he launched a stunning spray at the Serb during an interview with New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothernberg on his 'No Challenges Remaining'podcast.
In that explosive interview Kyrgios claimed that Djokovic "has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked", blasted his "cringeworthy" post-match celebrations and that the Serb would never pass Roger Roger he would win more Grand Slams than the Swiss icon (who has 20 majors).
"I feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger. For me personally – I don’t care right now, I have like 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 is an unbelievable player, he is a champion of the sport; one of the greatest we ever see. He probably will, honestly, reckon he will get the Grand Slam count, I reckon he will overpass Federer.
"We are 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 been watching him twice a day, I'm sorry, but if you can't beat me, you're the greatest of all time. Because if you like to look at my day-to-day routine and how much I put in, it's zero compared to him. "
Tennis community in meltdown as the often maligned 24-year-old attracted even more scrutiny, not just from the professional sporting community, but the world over.
The ramifications would be felt just hours later, when the Aussie stormed out of his second round clash at the Italian Open in a spectacular meltdown, booting a water bottle and then picking up a fold-up wooden chair and hurling it across the court.
The season has rolled on.
But it seems he´s found time let his sentiments toward Djokovic air once again.
Having come back in his residence of the Bahamas after being eliminated from Wimbledon in a classy second-round clash against archival Rafael Nadal, Kyrgios has and not subtly flown his flag for Federer – of whom he regularly refers to as the "GOAT" – and in doing so taken another dig at Djokovic.
"Federer please win," he Tweeted just hours ahead of the men's Wimbledon final. A match that could stand as one of the defining moments of the Swiss Maestro's illustrious career.
The Tweet garnered a slew of traction with some throwing their support behind the Australian's uninhibited opinion, some wishing to see him in his own final one day and some of his own backing up to him.
Kyrgios was the first of the year.
He also teamed up with American Desirae Krawczyk but unfortunately the pair were defeated 7-6, 6-7, 5-7, as the Canberran sorted his evening plans in the post match press conference.
"Yeh we're probably going to start there. Then we've got a club set-up. It's going to be outrageous," Kyrgios said into his phone, appearing to leave a voice message. "
Yesterday, Djokovic warned Federer that he was coming to his records ahead of their final on Sunday.
Djokovic, the reigning champion and world No.1, has eased through to his sixth SW19 showpiece and victory over eight-time winner Federer would earn him a 16th grand slam title.
That would take him to just four behind the Swiss and, to five years his junior, few would back against him going well Federer's total.
Another record in his sight is the most weeks at world No.1, another milestone Federer holds with 310.
The Serbian is currently on 260, but if he continues to dominate the men's game he could have surpassed that by this time next year.
And the 32-year-old admits he is "looking to make history".
"I don't see this as my job or as my work," he said.
"I've done enough in my career I can stop tennis, professional tennis, at any time. But I don't do it for those reasons.
"My first reason is because I really enjoy it. I still have. I have support from my family. Of course, I look to take history in this sport.
"Of course, I would like to take many slam titles as possible. Those are the top goals and ambitions.
"Next to that is the historic No.1, which is not so far away."
This will be the fourth time Djokovic and Federer have metas a grand slam final and the 48th time they have gone head-to-head.