Wimbledon 2019: Nick Kyrgios faces Rafael Nadal in a clash that defines his career
LONDON: Nick Kyrgios His extrajudicial relationship with the Spanish superstar is ignored. Rafael Nadal .
I'm not sure that Rafa and I can go down to Dog Fox and have a beer together. I do not know him at all. I know him as a tennis player. I just do not know him very well, said Kyrgios about his second-round opponent at Wimbledon.
It is a rematch of their confrontation in 2014 when the 24 year old Australian eliminated Nadal in the round of 16, and could not have arrived in a more charged environment.
Kyrgios lit the spark when he described Nadal as super salty in a podcast earlier this year. But, after passing his first round on Tuesday with a five-set victory over his compatriot Jordan Thompson, he stressed that the fire did not start.
Can I ask you what your uncle is ( Toni Nadal ) He told me first? ... Did I go to him first or did his uncle come to me first? , Responded to a post-match consultation.
Toni Nadal had, referring to Kyrgios' well-documented tantrums, labelled him as "bad for tennis " and lacking "education and smartness".
Nadal himself stayed away from the controversy after beating Japanese Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
"My thoughts are very clear. I am playing against a top talented player, very dangerous player when he wants to play tennis ," he said.
"Normally against the best players, he wants to play tennis . When that happens, he's a very dangerous opponent."
So what's in it that surpasses all the best players?
It's just me, brother, said Kyrgios. I do not know what to say. I love playing with them.
But the show should not distract the main attraction. Everyone is aware of the importance of Kyrgios's victory over Nadal, against whom he has a 3-3 advantage.
In case that happens, it establishes a possible clash of semis against Roger Federer , who leads 5-1. But Kyrgios has the weapons to beat Federer, and he leads Novak Djokovic 2-0.
Despite all the hype about NextGen players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, Kyrgios is the one who has long been considered the owner of the complete game to take charge of the mantle of the big 3.
Will it be the coronation of a new king within fifteen days, or a chapter more added to the history of the fuel moments of this sport? We have to wait and see.