'Rafael Nadal won the French Open 14 times in...', says former ace

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'Rafael Nadal won the French Open 14 times in...', says former ace

For tennis fans, seeing Nick Kyrgios' name on an ATP list can only be a treat. Whether it's his behavior and statements off the court, or his messy but equally spectacular tennis, the Australian tennis player, current number 78 in the world, always knows how to make people talk about him.

Following a 7-6(3) 3-0 retirement victory over Marton Fucsovics, Kyrgios qualified for the semi-finals of the grass-court tournament in Stuttgart, where he will face a very strong Andy Murray, who eliminated the No.1 seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in two sets.

The Australian tennis player made some interesting statements to the newspaper Última Hora, talking about who he considers the best among Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. "I don't think about qualifying because I know I can beat anyone.

I think the best is Rafael Nadal. He now has 22 Grand Slams, while Djokovic and Federer have 20," said the Australian. The number 78 in the world then spoke about his own behavior on the track. "I don't think I do crazy things on the pitch.

I'm 27 years old and I've been like this since I was 10 years old. I've always been very emotional and ambitious. I'm not going to change. I think the fans want to see exciting and intense games. If you lose, it's normal for you to get angry, it's human.

Some will show it more and some less. I like that people appreciate my game and see me play. I'm proud of my style of play," said Kyrgios. "2022 is a year to resurface. I started the season well and saw that I didn't need to play every tournament to improve.

I wanted to be better prepared for grass tournaments. Grass is a completely different surface."

Forget opens up on Nadal

Former French Open director Guy Forget has claimed that Rafael Nadal winning 14 French Open titles is the greatest achievement in sporting history.

"For me, Rafael Nadal has achieved the greatest feat in the entire history of sport. Period. He is above Ali, Pelé or Jordan," Guy Forget said. He also highlighted how the Spaniard has triumphed at one Major as many times as Pete Sampras has triumphed at all four Majors combined.

"Try to find in a discipline as popular as tennis, not in a sport that has 25 licensees in the world, a champion who is able to win 14 times the toughest tournament on the planet, the most difficult thing that exists," said Forget. "There are not any. We said when Borg won Roland-Garros six times, it's monstrous, no one will do better."