Rafael Nadal answers what it means when player says he doesn't care

Nadal is always ultra-competitive and shows his emotions.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rafael Nadal answers what it means when player says he doesn't care

Record 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal says if a player isn't getting nervous he is either lying or he doesn't care about the sport. Nadal, 35, is ultra-competiive on the court and always shows his emotions. On Thursday, Nadal survived an epic Indian Wells quarterfinal against Nick Kyrgios.

Nadal, a former world No. 1, handed Kyrgios a 7-6 (0) 5-7 6-4 loss to advance to the Indian Wells semifinal. Nadal was celebrating and pumping himself after each big point. "If someone tells you that don't get nervous, two options: this guy lies you or he doesn't care a lot about the sport: when you're doing something you care about, it's normal that you are nervous, and you need these kind of nerves to play well, in my opinion," Nadal said, per Mario Boccardi.

Nadal survived the Kyrgios test

Kyrgios claimed the first break of the match in the third game but failed to serve out for the first set in the 10th game as Nadal forced a tie-break and stole the opener. Kyrgios bounced back in the second set as he claimed the lone break of the set in the 12th game to force a decider.

Kyrgios had two early break points in the second game of the third set but Nadal saved to level the set at one game apiece. Nadal had his first break points of the set in the fifth game but Kyrgios saved to take a 3-2 lead.

After missing out on two break points in the fifth game, Nadal kept his focus and broke Kyrgios in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead. Nadal then held on to his serve the rest of the way to clinch a three-set win. "People can't think that we hate each other, because what happened in the past is not true at all," Kyrgios insisted.

"I don't hate him at all. And in some way I like him like a character. But of course when you cross some lines, then the thing becomes different, no?"

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