One of most awaited battles of Wimbledon Championships 2019 between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrios lived up to the expectations of tennis followers. Unusual second-round win celebrations were expressed by Rafa, and both the ATP men were engaged in astute shotmaking throughout the match.
Post his second round match, Nick Kyrgios admits that he isn’t as professional as a tennis player should be and he shared about his amateur lifestyle. And also accepted that he isn’t passionate about his tennis training regime. He hasn’t concentrated much on his tennis and he plays without a coach.
“I know what I’m capable of. I’m a great tennis player, but I don’t do the other stuff. I’m not the most professional guy. I won’t train day in, day out. I won’t show up every day. I’ve had a lot of fun. I know that I can bring a level. I haven’t put in enough hours. I probably haven’t trained enough. I don’t have a coach. I haven’t been doing enough gym.
However, tennis is just a game for the Australian and he doesn’t consider tennis to be a vital part of his life.
“I’m still going out there and able to bring a level that can compete with one of the world’s best and have chances to win the match. I’m very confident when I’m on the court. I like the way I do things. At the end of the day, it’s tennis, man. Is it really that important? For me, it’s not so important.”
Nick Kygrios mentioned about the Spaniard’s perseverance in the sport. “I think just his ability, he plays every point. He doesn’t take one point off. I feel like we’re the polar opposites. I struggle so hard to just play every point with a routine, have the same patterns,” Nick Kyrgios said.
“His 1-2 punch, his first serve, and his first forehand, is probably the best 1-2 punch in the world, apart from Federer. His ability to bring it every day and compete, it’s special. It’s not easy.”The usual ‘Kyrgios form of tennis’ was pretty much visible in yesterday’s match and his focus on every point was unbroken until the end of the fourth set. He blazed out winners and is ace serves menaced Rafael Nadal a few times in the battle.
24-year-old, Nick Kyrgios relates himself to the ‘Big Three’ of tennis and feels that he needs to work more and more on his tennis. He certainly contemplates on improving his tennis skills, but he really doesn’t have the hunger to win titles.
“So there’s a lot of things I need to improve on to get to that level that Rafa, Novak, Roger have been doing for so long. Just depends how bad I want it. At the moment I don’t think I can contend for a Grand Slam.”
The Spaniard managed to knock down the World Number 43, Nick Kygrios in tight four sets and progressed into the third round. With Rafa’s 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3) victory, the ‘Big Three’ lead by 7-6 in the head to head tally against the Australian.