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Rafa Nadal has defended his relationship with Nick Kyrgios recently. Speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Rafa claims that there are no hard feelings between himself and Nick Kyrgios. The two players have endured a rocky relationship at times.
“This came a few months after Nadal’s comments that Kyrgios, “lacks respect for the public, the rival and himself”, following Kyrgios’ victory over the Spaniard in Mexico.
Rafa’s comments at the time were mainly in response to the Australian’s repeated use of the underarm serve during that match, something which Kyrgios has since made a permanent feature of his game. The two then faced off at Wimbledon that summer, in a highly anticipated match that saw Kyrgios intentionally fire a ball at Nadal’s chest.
Their fiery relationship has somewhat thawed in 2020, with Rafa claiming in the post-match interview, “I like the Kyrgios of this tournament”.
Kyrgios has also recently been complimentary of the Spaniard, claiming that Nadal is “an absolute champion” in the wake of his stunning 13th French Open victory.
Rafa acknowledges that the two have not always seen eye to eye, “I once told him what I had to say and that was it”. But he goes on to say that any perceived bad blood is in the past – “truth is that I get tired to keep on grudges”.