And Djokovic, when quizzed on what has changed between the pair, has admitted he wasn’t Kyrgios’ ‘favourite guy’ before.
“I wasn’t his favorite guy – let’s take it that way – for many years,” said the 35-year-old, who has won nine Australian Open titles over the course of his glittering career so far.
“But he was one of the very few that stood by me last year, and I respect that and appreciate that.
“In those moments you can actually see who truly supports you and who is by your side and who goes with, I guess, the flow of the society and the pressures that media puts on you.
“He was giving me undivided support in the moments where I was being challenged a lot, and him as an Australian, I respected that a lot.”