Rafa Roundup: Nick Kyrgios believes he can beat Rafael Nadal

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At World No. 144 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Kyrgios is looking to become just the second player ranked outside the Top 100 to upset a World No. 1 at a Grand Slam. Andrei Olhovskiy, ranked 193rd, previously stunned Jim Courier as a qualifier at Wimbledon in 1992. … “Young players are very dangerous as they always have something special,” Nadal said of Kyrgios. “They are able to play with no pressure. They are fresh. He has a great serve. He’s an aggressive player.”

Nick Kyrgios is having quite the Wimbledon debut. The 19-year-old Australian wildcard was down two sets to love, and came back to stun No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 and advance to the third round in his first main draw appearance at the All England Club. Ranked No. 144, Kyrgios earned his wildcard after winning the grass-court ATP Challenger in Nottingham as a qualifier, and he knocked out Stephane Robert in the first round. The win was Kyrgios’ first over a top 20 player, and he’ll play play 20-year-old Jiri Vesely next — which means he has a good chance to make the fourth round.

Rafa likes survival mode; he likes to talk about the joy in the suffering. I get it; it’s the idea that the things you have to work the hardest for are the ones you cherish above all others. Weeks with these kinds of matches are like that for him. I think he prefers them, in a way, to the ones that aren’t much of a challenge. They sharpen him for the greater challenges that lie ahead. Good luck, Nick Kyrgios. I have a feeling you’re going to need it. But…we gonna see, no?

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El español Rafael Nadal, que nunca ha caído en la segunda semana del torneo antes de la final, ha recuperado su mejor nivel en hierba en sus tres primeros partidos este año en el All England Club, donde las dos últimas temporadas no pudo pasar de las rondas iniciales.

“Abrazo la oportunidad de enfrentarme a Rafa”, continúa el australiano, que en segunda ronda superó nueve puntos de partido ante Richard Gasquet, señal de su convencimiento y récord para un partido masculino en los grandes. “Mi saque tendrá un papel clave en el partido. Nunca pensé que con 19 años me enfrentaría a Rafa en octavos de Wimbledon. Que vaya a ocurrir es abrumador y emocionante”.

As a result, Wimbledon held back the entire bottom half of the men’s draw to wait for these matches to finish. That means Federer, Nadal and everyone else who’s already through in the bottom half will have an extra day off on Monday as the schedule plays catch-up, but then play back-to-back days on Tuesday and Wednesday. “That’s not a positive thing,” Nadal said. “But it cannot be perfect.”

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REUTERS/Toby Melville

Nadal has dropped the first set in all three of his wins at Wimbledon 2014 so far, but he’s been absolutely dominant finishing off his opponents. It seems he may have finally rid himself of the doubt manifested by his previous performances in London.

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  1. How come Wimbledon is messing up the players schedules? Because of rain, some players are having to face playing successive days as Rafa has to do Tuesday and Wednesday….Who cares about tradition? No play on Sundays…they should when the schedule is behind, to make it fair for the players!…If it’s not the Roof and making last minute decisions making players having to wait till it closes, its the lawns and having to watch players slip and fall, now its the schedule and making it tough for those having to play in successive days….to me this is much much worse then complaining about RAFA taking a few seconds longer to serve, he is not hurting anyone else, at worst a warning, and by the way he isn’t the only one Novak does it too, and maybe a few others…I just think WIMBLEDON should offer the players more then TRADITION and should really look after the PLAYERS especially those top four RAFA ROGER NOVAK AND ANDY the way I see it WIMBLEDON NEEDS THE PLAYERS ……THE PLAYERS DON’T NEED WIMBLEDON and if they are not careful PERHAPS THE PLAYERS SHOULD TRY A BOYCOTT NEXT YEAR TO GIVE THEM TIME TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT…

  2. Rafa dropping the first set means he is , testing his challenger. then he gets going, I wish him all the luck in the world, but do stop ,so much ,practice. give yourself a rest, vamoss Rafa

    • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT IS RAFA’S MOTTO….HE LIVES IT HE BREATHES IT
      THAT’S WHY HE IS STILL AT THE TOP THIRTEEN YEARS AFTER HE TURNED PRO IN 2001, 1 AND 2 IN THE RANKING FOR MOST OF THAT TIME, 14 GRAND SLAMS 9 FRENCH OPENS HE IS STILL PLAYING GREAT TENNIS AND ISNT IT WONDERFUL TO SEE HIM GET PAST THE FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS THIS TIME…..HE DESERVES TO WIN ..I THINK HE HAS THE TOUGHEST OF DRAWS. KYRGIOS TUESDAY POSSIBLY FEDERER WEDNESDAY…YOU CAN DO IT RAFA GO FOR IT…….

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