Who was not surprised by the version that Rafael Nadal showed on the tour of Australia. Half a year away from the circuit, testing positive for COVID-19 and the lack of rhythm were not impediments for the Spanish tennis player to win the first Grand Slam of the season.
His victory over Daniil Medvedev will be remembered as one of the most important in his impressive career, so much so that very few were betting he would even see him beyond the quarterfinals. One of the last to show his admiration for what the Mallorcan did was the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who in the midst of his participation in the Córdoba Open gave his opinion on the last great feat of the now winner of 21 titles of Grand Slam.
"No one could have expected such a return, I think not even him. Having been off the court for six months and coming back without losing a single match is impressive. I remember training with him the days before the tournament started and it was as if nothing would have happened to him.
I think he also fed on Novak Djokovic's absence. Knowing that he wasn't there and seeing himself training well made him believe more in his possibilities. What he has achieved seems admirable and spectacular to me," said the "Peque"
It is no secret to anyone that Nadal and Schwartzman have a good personal relationship and have starred in one or another match to remember, including the semifinal of the 2020 Rome Masters 1000 where the South American came out victorious.
Kyrgios reflects on Djokovic
Nick Kyrgios has once again expressed his support for Novak Djokovic in the wake of the Serb's visa controversy. Djokovic was vilified by a majority of tennis fans during the entire saga, although he found a surprise ally in Kyrgios.
“I've been speaking to Novak a fair bit, he reached out after I stood up for him," Kyrgios added. "I would've stood up for anyone but he reached out, he just wanted more understanding at the time. He knew it was coming but thought we were taking our anger out on him”.
This is not the first time Kyrgios has jumped to the 20-time Major winner's defense. Last month, the Aussie criticized the way the Serb was being treated during his stay in Melbourne. "We wouldn't expect a 20-time Grand Slam champion to be treated like this, no we wouldn't," Kyrgios had said on an episode of his podcast.
"He's done a lot, when we had the bushfires, he was supporting us. When we needed help, he came and helped us. We're treating him like he's never done anything, he's a villain, which he's actually not."