Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal are two of the biggest rivals in modern-day tennis. Despite the difference in the levels of success achieved by both the players, their matches always showcase the intensity that is palpable between two equally placed players.
Kyrgios and Nadal are set to face each other yet again on the hard courts of the Australian Open. Considering their controversial history, fans are prepared for fireworks.
However, ahead of the match, clarified that the two have respect for each other despite popular perceptions.
What Did Nick Kyrgios Say?
The Australian star was asked about his match against Nadal at Acapulco. He had edged Rafa in a cracker of a contest. Interestingly, that’s where the tensions began with both exchanging nasty barbs. Nick went on to call the Spanish star “super salty”.
However, Kyrgios replied that despite everything, they have respect for each other.
“The last time I played him was at Wimbledon and we had a pretty good match. At the end of the day, we’re two different tennis players. We go about it completely different. And I know I got beaten by a better player (At Wimbledon).”
Kyrgios further said that even if they don’t like each other, they know that the other person is a solid tennis player.
“Regardless, if we don’t like each other or whatever, I think there’s a layer of respect.”
Kyrgios added that he considers Rafa to be one the greatest of all times.
“He’s one of the great’s of all times and I’ve also read that he thinks I’m good for the sport. So there’s a lot of respect that we both have for each other. Doesn’t necessarily mean we like each other. But we’re gonna go out there and put up and give contrasting styles and personalities”.
Rafael Nadal had said earlier that there’s some stuff that Kyrgios does which he doesn’t like. However, when he plays passionate tennis, it’s good for the sport.
After edging out Karen Khachanov in a five-set thriller, Kyrgios will look to get past the world No 1. The challenge is obviously big.
Who do you think will win the titanic clash between Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal?