“He Had Some Decent Help”: Nick Kyrgios Reacts to When Rafael Nadal Helped Roger Federer Win Against Him

Published 09/23/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Rafael Nadal of Team Europe speaks with teammate Roger Federer during a practice session ahead of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 19, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


It is no surprise that Nick Kyrgios plays his best tennis in front of the top players in the world. That is why the showman has the record of beating the big three of tennis – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic in their first tour-level meetings. But when the Swiss maestro and the Spanish beast joined forces at the Laver Cup 2019, it was too much for Kyrgios.  

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In the last edition of the Laver Cup, Kyrgios had a set lead against Federer in their singles bout. But in the end, he lost the match 7-6, 5-7, 7-10. So what gave the Swiss maestro the edge after the first set? The answer is Nadal. 

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Rafael Nadal coaching Roger Federer against Nick Kyrgios

Both Federer and Nadal represented Team Europe in the Laver Cup 2019, whereas Kyrgios played for Team World. And their combined experience helped the Swiss maestro survive against the resilient Aussie then.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Rafael Nadal of Team Europe and teammate Roger Federer celebrate during the singles match between Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe and Taylor Fritz of Team World during Day One of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 20, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Interestingly, the Eurosport account uploaded the video when Nadal advised Federer. Initially, the Spaniard told him how he has got a much better percentage when the rallies ended under five shots.

Nadal continued, “I know it’s difficult because this guy reads the ball so well.” For this, Federer responded that he should be patient first and then go.

“Exactly,” Nadal added. “Wait for the right one, but when you have it, you have to push because he’s not missing. Of course, you can do it.”

 

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Seeing the video again, Kyrgios realized what had changed the match against Federer. According, he shared the video on his Instagram story and wrote, “Haha. I was a set up against Federer, and he had some decent help.”

Once again, Kyrgios will don the red jersey and represent Team World at the Laver Cup 2021. Unfortunately, neither of Federer and Nadal will not play this year due to injury.

Where will the Laver Cup 2021 be held?

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Despite the conclusion of the final Grand Slam, tennis is far from over in the 2021 season. Accordingly, the fans are excited to see the Laver Cup start on 24th September 2021.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Team Europe pose with the trophy after winning the Laver Cup in the final match of the tournament during Day Three of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 22, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup )

All the iterations of the tournament have been held in different locations. This year, the fourth edition will take place on indoor hard courts at the TD Garden in Boston.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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