Nick Kyrgios is relishing the prospect of going up against his idol Roger Federer in the second round of the Madrid Masters on Wednesday evening.
The 20-year-old starlet burst on to the scene when he won the Australian Open boys’ singles event on home soil in 2013, before progressing into a fully fledged professional on the ATP Tour.
And Kyrgios, who enjoyed a week-long private training session with Federer 12 months ago, is now gearing up to face the Swiss former world number one and record 17-time Grand Slam winner in the Spanish capital.
Kyrgios earned the right to face Federer courtesy of a 6-2 6-3 first-round victory over qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
It came on the back of him sealing a place in the final at Estoril last week and Kyrgios is now preparing to face “the greatest of all time” in Federer as he looks to earn a seeding for the upcoming French Open.
He said: “I’m not going to do anything different to prepare. I’m just going to go out there, play my game and whatever happens, happens.
“If I go down, or if I win, I’m going to do it the same way as I always have.”
Kyrgios is 5.25 to defeat Federer while the world number two can be backed at 1.14.