“Nightmares”: Nick Kyrgios Reminisces His Mammoth Battle Against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon Championships

Published 01/12/2022, 12:26 PM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands at the net with Nick Kyrgios of Australia after their Men’s Singles second round match during Day four of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)


Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is one of the most entertaining players on the tour. A few days ago, the Australian announced on Instagram that he was suffering from Covid and will not take part in the Sydney International tournament. Since then, he has been quite active on Instagram. On Wednesday, he posted a story remembering his famous match against Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon Championships 2019.

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That match was eventful, to say the least, and many fans still fondly remember that encounter. It looks like it’s still fresh in Nick’s memory as well.  

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Nick Kyrgios remembers his famous encounter against Rafael Nadal

In 2019, Rafael Nadal met Nick Kyrgios in the second round match in Wimbledon, and it was an enthralling match to watch for fans around the world. The Aussie player lost that match and that’s why he wrote “Nightmares” on his Instagram story.

In that match, almost everything happened from arguing with the umpire to hitting each other and much more. In the first set, Kyrgios hit an underarm serve because Nadal was standing way behind the baseline. Nadal was smiling at that; however, the crowd didn’t like the shot as they were booing the Aussie. 

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a shot during a match against Jack Sock of the United States on Day 5 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Rafa was taking a long time between points, and Nick didn’t like that. So, he was constantly arguing with the chair umpire, Damien Dumusois, to give Nadal a warning. He even called the umpire “a disgrace” a few times and after a while, the umpire gave Nick a code violation. 

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However, the most interesting thing happened in the 3rd set when Nick hit the Spaniard with a fearsome forehand. Fortunately, Nadal put his racquet up to save himself from the shot. After the incident, the 20-time Grand Slam winner gave a terrifying glare to Nick. 

After all that, Nadal finally won the match by 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 after 3 hrs of outstanding tennis. In the end, they both showed respect towards each other as they shook hands. 

Nick is hopeful for the Australian Open 2022

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Despite testing positive for covid, Kyrgios is hopeful that he will be fit before the Australian Open, as he is desperate to play in his home Grand Slam. “I actually don’t feel too bad at the moment and I’m taking all necessary precautions,” Kyrgios said on Instagram. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot against Robin Haase of Netherlands during their Men’s Singles second round match on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

If Kyrgios were to miss the Grand Slam, it will be a huge blow for the fans of Australia, as the home fans love to see him play. How far will Nick go in the Australian Open if he plays? Let us know in the comments.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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