Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios have met seven times so far, with the Spaniard being more successful, leading 4-3.
After just nearly edging out No. 16 seed Karen Khachanov (6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 7-6) in just less than four and a half hours of play, the ever controversial Australian set up a blockbuster Nadal clash. Kyrgios, currently ranked at No. 26, has proved that he is more than capable of competing against Nadal, as he has claimed three wins in seven matches played against the 19-time Grand Slam champion.
After a good beginning of the year with advancing to the semi-finals of the preliminary ATP Cup, Nick Kyrgios is now looking to find him groove against one of the living legends of tennis, against who he plays his best tennis.
The last time these two met was in Wimbledon last year with Nadal taking an extremely interesting match in four sets. However, at the hard courts, Nick is positive against Rafa, 2-1.
Their last hard court match-up, in Acapulco, was ranked as one of the best in the last ATP calendar year, and down below you can see why.
This time, Nick was more respectful to Nadal, calling him one one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
”He has a winning record against me. Whatever happens between us, he’s an amazing player, he’s arguably the greatest of all time… He’s a champion. So I’m going to do everything I can now and hopefully I can just give everything I have and hopefully it can be enough”Nick Kyrgios on the match-up with Rafa, after his 3rd round win
This is the time for Kyrgios to shine: home soil, No. 1 in the world and the brightest lights. Will Nick use his moment or will he rely on his antics once again, we have yet to see.