- So the French still hate Rafael Nadal; Rafa should get revenge on court rather than in court | oregonlive.com
Let’s be clear: Nadal, who has won the French Open a record nine times, has never, ever failed a drug test. The only evidence Noah, Bachleot and others have against him are his bulging biceps and packed trophy case. But the French hate Rafa, and so they suspect the worst.
The best response he can offer his French critics: he can find his form in the weeks ahead and win his 10th French Open in June, just after his 30th birthday. A bonus: beating Monfils and Gasquet on his way to upsetting World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final.
“No, that’s bull—-,” Kyrgios said. “You know it too. Anyone else, like if Rafa [Nadal] did that, nah, nah, you’d keep it cool. Keep it cool. This game is biased as anything. You all know it as well … It’s biased as s—, this game. What else has it got to hide? It’s ruined. Absolutely ruined.”
The mini tantrum seemed to help energize the Australian, as he went on to win the first set in a tiebreaker before running away with the match, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
When asked about the incident, Kyrgios simply said, “I stand by those comments.”
The Big Four and co. hit the glamour and stunning sea views of the Monte-Carlo Country Club for the year’s third ATP Masters 1000 event. Novak Djokovic is the trophy holder but Rafa Nadal won the title eight times in a row between 2005 and 2012. Neither Roger Federer nor Andy Murray have managed to win the event, with the former losing in the final on four occasions.
VIDEO: Rafael Nadal is looking forward to playing the Rogers Cup in Toronto from July 23-31, 2016.