Rafael Nadal: 'The atmosphere in Paris was extremely hostile'


Rafael Nadal: 'The atmosphere in Paris was extremely hostile'

Nick Kyrgios told his team several times during the Rafael Nadal match that the Spaniard was very lucky. Kyrgios competed very well against Nadal, but came close to handing him his first loss of the year. The world number 4 defeated the Australian 7-6 (0) 5-7 6-4.

"Kyrgios telling the team of him, without a hint of irony or sarcasm, that @RafaelNadal "is so lucky" - is one of the most unintentionally funny takes I've ever heard. He is so lucky that he has won 21 Majors," tweeted Tennis Channel commentator Brett Haber.

Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick reacted to Haber's tweet: "What's the old saying? The more you work, the luckier you tend to be. Seems applicable here." Kyrgios smashed his racket after losing the match and the racket bounced and almost hit a ball boy.

After the match, Nadal refused to criticize Kyrgios, but added that the ATP cannot allow certain things to happen without punishment. "I like (Nick Kyrgios) as a person. But of course when he crosses some lines then it becomes different, no," Nadal said.

"And the problem is, in my opinion, when you allow players to do things, then you don't know where the line is."

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During a press conference at the BNP Paribas Open, Rafael Nadal recalled an incident from Roland Garros in 2005 when the crowd was constantly on his back.

The Spaniard said the atmosphere at times was "unplayable" but that his job was to maintain his focus and find a way to carry on. "I've always had a very basic point of view and it's to do the things that are going to help you play better or win more.

You can be sad, you can be very upset - if that helps you play better or win more, do it. But that's not true in my case," Nadal said. "When I am upset or lose my concentration, I say, I am not this kind of guy [who gets upset].

I like to be positive, not negative. Not just on the tennis court, in my normal life too." Nadal asserted that he simply tried to do what kept him going, which he could not have achieved by becoming sad or upset about the crowd's behavior.

"So, of course, I remember that match and for a moment it was unplayable, but was not my job to stop that. It was the referee's job to stop this atmosphere that was making it impossible to play tennis in that moment," he said.

"But then I think we stopped for light or rain, I don't know, and then we come back the next day. But I just tried to do the things that help me to keep going."

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