‘Nick Kyrgios is a big talent – when he wants to be,’ says Rafael Nadal after Australian Open battle
Rafael Nadal said he expected a tough match against Nick Kyrgios, describing the volatile Australian as a ‘big talent.’
Nadal had to battle but eventually got the best of Kyrgios in their fourth-round clash at the Australian Open on Monday.
The pair went into the match with a history of some personal animosity between them, but it appears that, while Kyrgios did not earn a win against the world number one, he did earn Nadal’s respect.
“I saw him playing during the whole tournament almost every match, and he has been great, with a very positive attitude,” said Nadal.
“Personally, I like to watch him play when he’s doing that way.
“I think everybody likes to watch Nick play when he’s able to play like this.
“His talent is to be one of the best [players] of the world, without a doubt, with good chances to fight for every tournament.
“When he wants to play tennis, when he’s focused on what he’s doing, I think he’s a very important player for our sport because he has a big talent.
“He’s one of these players that can be very, very interesting for the crowd.”
VIDEO and PICS: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams among tennis stars to arrive in Australia
This way for a videos and pics of arrivals in Australia.
Official insists no special Australian Open treatment for Andy Murray after positive COVID-19 result
Andy Murray warned he won’t get preferential treatment.
Madison Keys latest player to miss Australian Open charter flight after testing positive for coronavirus
Madison Keys unlikely to play at Australian Open.
Andy Murray in race against time to play at Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19
Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus – report.
Andy Murray Australian Open appearance in doubt after positive test for Covid
Murray is hoping to be able to arrive in Australia at a later date.
Dominic Thiem’s coach tests positive for COVID-19, but hopes to link up with Austrian ‘soon’
Nicolas Massu hopes to fly Down Under in a few weeks.
‘It feels great,’ says Hubert Hurkacz after starting 2021 with Delray Beach Open trophy
Hubert Hurkacz captures second ATP Tour title.
Australian Open drama as player reveals he was allowed to board flight despite positive COVID-19 test
Tennys Sandgren allowed to fly despite positive test.
Rafael Nadal suffers Australian Open setback as his coach Carlos Moya opts not to travel Down Under
Carlos Moya won’t be in Rafael Nadal’s box.
Notable Australian Open qualifiers: From Tsvetana Pironkova and Francesca Jones to Bernard Tomic
Oli Jefford on the notable Australian Open qualifiers.