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“Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,” says Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios of Australia waiting to serve in his first round match against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy on day two of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images)

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafael Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements. Nadal won 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle. “That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again. Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’ You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other. But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

Source: TennisHead

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