Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios have been involved in a war of words from the past few months with the latest outbursts coming after the Spaniard defeated the Australian 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in the second round of the Wimbledon Championships 2019.
There was a lot of drama during the high-voltage second round match at the SW19 as Nick Kyrgios was fuming at the chair umpire for allowing Nadal to take too much time between the points. However, Rafael Nadal ignored Kyrgios and continued to play his natural game to defeat the Australian for the fourth time in his career.
In a post-match press conference, Rafael Nadal revealed that it is difficult to play against Nick Kyrgios. The 33-year-old was asked whether he was angry with the Kyrgios during the high-voltage match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Thursday.
Rafael Nadal replied, “It’s not about me being angry with him. I’m not angry. It’s about me wanting to play a match of tennis. Sometimes it’s difficult against him.”
Nadal also suggested that people should stop talking about Nick’s behavior on court and rather, should talk about his game. The 18-time grand slam champion feels that the more people give importance to all the stuff that Kyrgios does on the court, the more he will continue to do those things.
“We need to stop talking about all of the stuff Nick does. The more we talk about it and make headlines about it, the more he’s going to keep doing it. We need to talk about his talent because that’s good for tennis,” Rafael Nadal said.
However, Nick Kyrgios in reply to Rafael Nadal suggested that he knows his capability and is also aware that he is not the best of the professional guys out there. The Australian said, “I know what I’m capable of. I’m not the most professional guy, there are a lot of things I need to improve to contend for a Grand Slam.”
Rafael Nadal will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round of the Wimbledon Championships 2019 on Saturday.
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