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Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios - A challenge of Wimbledon 2022
Jul 7, 2022, 12:30:00 PM

Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios - A challenge of Wimbledon 2022

Whenever it is Wimbledon season, things always get heated up in the world of tennis. In the history of tennis, Wimbledon is always a special place for all the players. The tournament has reached its semi-final stage and in the men’s singles, we will witness the thrilling clash between four of the best players in the history of tennis. Novak Djokovic vs Cameron Norrie and Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios will be the two interesting games to watch in the tournament.

Whenever tennis fans talk about rivalries, they talk about the thrilling matches between Rafael Nadal, Rodger Federer, and Novak Djokovic. In the history of tennis, there have been some interesting rivalries between the players. Boris Becker vs Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi, and John McEnroe vs Jimmy Connors are some of the best examples of the same. However, one rivalry that will go down in the history of the sport is the rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios.

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World number four and two-time champion Rafael Nadal made his way past American Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinal match to book a spot in the semifinal of Wimbledon 2022. In the monumental quarterfinal clash between Nadal and Fritz, which lasted for 4 hours and 21 minutes, the Spaniard defeated the American by a scoreline that read 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6. What made Nadal's win over Fritz stellar was that the 22-time Grand Slam champion battled severe abdominal muscle injury all through the game.

Nick Kyrgios, the bad man of tennis, defeated Cristian Garlin in the quarter-finals. Fiery and hot-tempered Nick Kyrgios and calm and collected Rafael Nadal is set to face each other in a historic clash that is sure to bring in big audiences. Kyrgios himself predicts it will be the “most-watched match of all time”. Today, everyone knows Kyrgios’ name. Controversies, social media drama, mental health battles, allegations of assault, verbal attacks on umpires, fans, etc...before all of that, eight years ago, when few knew who 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios was, he came to Wimbledon at No. 144 in the world and beat No. 1 Rafa Nadal. Nadal got his revenge in 2019 when he beat Kyrgios in four sets in the second round at Wimbledon.

The Clash of Wimbledon 2019

The rivalry between the two reached its peak during Wimbledon 2019. The Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios match at Wimbledon 2019 was a second-round contest in which Nadal won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3). In the buildup to the match, Kyrgios had gone to the club and had to be brought back by his manager very early in the morning. That game witnessed Nick Kyrgios using underarm serve and also becoming irritated with Rafael Nadal taking time between points. The tactics seldom helped with Nadal taking the first set 6-3.

The situation got tensed when Nick hit the Spaniard with a forehand volley and Nadal gave him a look. n the end, it was Nadal who clinched the set in a tiebreak. The fourth set required another tiebreak, and once again, it was Nadal who emerged victorious and advanced to the third round.

Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios - Head to Head

Nadal leads 6-3 head-to-head against Kyrgios and will face the Australian for the tenth time on Friday. This season, the two locked horns in the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters, with the Spaniard winning 7-6(0), 5-7, 6-4. The winner of the match will take on either reigning champion Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.

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Words: Shimit Mathur

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