Rafael Nadal sets up third-round meeting with Nick Kyrgios after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in Rome

World No. 5 Rafael Nadal booked a place in the third round of the Italian Open with a straight-sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber this evening.

It took Rafa one hour and 23 minutes to seal a 6-3, 6-3 triumph on the clay court in Rome. He won 71 per cent of his service points (35/49) and broke the German four times to sail in his opener.

After the match, Rafa said:

The forehand down the line was working well for me today in a way it wasn’t in Madrid.

The seven-time Italian Open champion will face Nick Kyrgios for a place in the quarter-finals. The Australian beat big-serving Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 6-3 on the statue-lined Pietrangeli court  earlier today.

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24 thoughts on “Rafael Nadal sets up third-round meeting with Nick Kyrgios after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in Rome

    1. Su Fun Chow

      Absolutely agree with you 100%· Pray and hope that Rafa can thrash that idiot fr Downunder to bits.
      Rafa you can do it we your loyal and ardent fans will be backing and sopporting you all the way. Go go go Rafa. Vamos Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Rafantastic

    Yeaaah sweetheart, congrats on your win today 👏😊 Now go get the victory again tomorrow. Fingers crossed. – You can do it champ. All the best of luck 🍀👑👍😘
    Love the pics. – You gorgeous, handsome man 😍🌞
    VAMOS RAFA 🎾💪😃❤️

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  2. Glenda

    Nadal will take Kyrgios in three sets tomorrow! He needs to be very aggressive and focused tomorrow! Kyrgios is a guy who is very hyper on the court and act a little bit strange, can take your attention away! Nadal also stays too far behind the baseline, especially the 2 serve. Come on Rafa, you can do better! Good luck tomorrow! Vamosssssss!

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    1. The Prophet Speaks

      He will need all the luck in the world tomorrow, Glenda.

      As a true Prophet, I see Nick Kyrgios winning in 2 sets 6-4, 6-4.

      But we’ll see………………Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!

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  3. Mac

    Great result for Rafa. Could have done with not getting broken in the second set, but oh well, can’t have everything!

    Against Nick tomorrow, dear Rafa, just hold serve and wait for him to make some errors. Would that it were so easy… good luck!

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  4. Darice Palmier

    I agree. Kyrgios beat Rafa at Wimbledon 2014, which was about the time Rafa had to stop playing due to his injuries, etc. So this is a whole different game tomorrow.

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  5. va4favre

    Rafa looked sharp today, but a big task tomorrow. Rafa’s draw is terrible, but he has to beat the best to be the best. As was stated, Kyrgios has a big serve, but he makes a lot of mistakes. Rafa served great today. I hope he does the same tomorrow, but rain is expected. Everything seems stacked against Rafa in Rome.

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    1. Good analysis

      But I would imagine the rain will not suit Nick’s game either? Like you rightly stated- he has to beat the best to be the best.

      Personally, I love the draw. It will give us some indication as to the level Nadal will be in 2 weeks time for the FO. It is increasingly looking likely that he might be seeded 5th, he will face similar challenges at the FO- probably Novak in the quarters or semis.

      He is getting there but he needs to work on his serving- very crucial. He cannot afford to have those weaknesses against the top players and certainly NOT against Nick tomorrow.

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    2. The Prophet Speaks

      Rain or no rain, I had long ago foreseen an early exit for Rafa in Rome.

      Celestial forces predict a Nick Kyrgios triumph – 6-4, 6-4

      But we’ll see…………….Vamoss Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      1. Rithvik

        Prophet speaks rafa wins 6-3 6-2 you are worst prophet hate you too how dare you support terrorist kyrgios

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  6. Gen

    Congrats RAFA, Kyrgios is a tough customer, better face him now and see what he’s got. Once our guy remains calm he can get through him.

    Unto the next one RAFA. According to Luis Litt from SUITS, have him for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ha ha ha ha ha.

    RAFA fan forever.

    I’ll watch the Kohli match online.

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    1. Why are you scared? Lol

      If Nadal wants to win the FO, he has to beat Kyrgios. Losing in the third round would be demoralising

      Nick is no where as good as Nadal and definitely not on clay.

      I do appreciate your concerns though, Nadal sometimes has an emotional baggage with regards to players that have beaten him in the past but that was on grass.

      Rafa has to ensure that he perfects his serving and he is good to go. Nick will serve 20 aces but he is prone to a lot of UEs. He might also try to wind him up but he has to stay focused.

      I see a straight sets victory for Nadal tomorrow

      Vamos Rafa!!

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      1. The Prophet Speaks

        Tou wish Chris! You wish!!!!!

        I’d advise all TRUE Rafa fans here to immediately begin a 12-hr fasting and prayer to reverse the prediction of the Celestial forces that N.K will win in a tight 2 setter: 6-4, 6-4

        Chris, it appears you’re from Nigeria, a praying Nation, so please lead the prayers and fasting for us, will you???????? That’s the only way out tomorrow for Nadal!

        I have forewarned everybody now!!!

        May those who have ears listen!

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