'Rafael Nadal produces such enormous racket speed', says legend

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'Rafael Nadal produces such enormous racket speed', says legend

Nick Kyrgios, in the usual note at No Boundaries, his podcast held with Alex Babanine and James Frawley, dealt with various topics including the success of Rafael Nadal in the latest edition of the Australian Open and his chances of becoming the GOAT of this sport.

Kyrgios, author of a real feat paired with his friend Thanasi Kokkinakis at the first Australian slam, talked about the incredible final won by the Majorcan tennis player and other topics in the almost 40 minutes of the episode.

Kyrgios admitted that initially he didn't think Nadal could win the game and certainly not the way it came. “I stopped watching after he went down 3-2, 40-0 ... and then when I checked the scores 2 and a half hours later my initial thoughts were "There is no way this guy can win!

I thought there was no chance..." . Kyrgios added: “I have never doubted Rafa much in his career, but the current talk about who the GOAT is, if he were to win the French slam... it would unquestionably be the GOAT.

Right now, if he reaches 22 slams and the others are stuck at 20, I think he will have the GOAT crown then”. The Australian tennis player pointed out that the Australian surface was not Nadal's favorite. “I thought it was a horrible match for Rafa.

Like, they weren't the courts that Rafa likes. He would not have had too many easy points on his serve, Medvedev would have made him play too much, he could use his characteristics in his favor. When he won the first set and then the second, I thought it would be very difficult for Nadal to come back,” said Kyrgios.

Cash pays tribute to Nadal

Right after Rafael Nadal defeated Richard Gasquet in the third round at Roland Garros in 2005, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash wrote a moving column about him for Times Online. "I believe he induces more pre-match fear in opponents than any other player, Federer included," Cash wrote.

"He has an imposing presence on the court and whereas Federer is almost as undemonstrative as Bjorn Borg used to be, Nadal believes in letting other player know how emphatically he feels they have been outplayed. Opponents are frightened of Rafael Nadal, but he seems to fear nothing.

He produces such enormous racket speed. The increased muscle has enabled his serve to develop as a true weapon. His speed of foot suggests he will be able to operate on the quicker surfaces," Cash wrote. "However, it is that determination which sets him apart. He forces the other guy to collapse, as [the third round] win over Gasquet proved."