Toni Nadal weighs in on Nick Kyrgios-Stefanos Tsitsipas Wimbledon controversy



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Toni Nadal weighs in on Nick Kyrgios-Stefanos Tsitsipas Wimbledon controversy

Toni Nadal says Nick Kyrgios can "drive a player out of his mind" on the court but still he is siding with the Australian in his Wimbledon spat with Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the Wimbledon third round, Kyrgios and Tsitsipas went against each other in what was a very heated battle right from the start until the end.

Tsitsipas won the opener but Kyrgios stormed back to win in four sets 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7) and beat the Greek for the second time this grass season. Kyrgios clearly got into Tsitsipas' head with his antics and Nadal says Tsitsipas has no one else to blame but himself as he believes the Greek should known how to react in such a situation.

Tsitsipas called Kyrgios "an evil bully" after the match, while the Australian responded by calling the Greek "soft."

Nadal: Kyrgios can be annoying, Tsitsipas should have known how to react

“On some occasions, I have been critical of the Australian as a result of his rudeness, his unsportsmanlike attitudes, his recurrent outbursts or his unfortunate comments,” Nadal told Spanish website Noticiero.lat.

“On this occasion, however, I think the blunder on the court is attributable to the Greek. It is true that Kyrgios is too annoying, provocative and that he can easily drive his opponents out of their mind. However, I was greatly surprised Tsitsipas couldn’t deal with those situations.

It is clear that Tsitsipas acted to his own detriment, lacking in the habit of dealing with those situations in which a player feels somewhat ridiculous and unable to control his emotions and his nervousness”. For the second time this grass season, Kyrgios defeated Tsitsipas.

Three weeks ago in Halle, Kyrgios recovered from a set down to beat Tsitsipas. At Wimbledon, a pretty much same thing happened as Tsitsipas won the opener before Kyrgios stormed back to win. Kyrgios has now been through to the quarterfinal, where he plays Cristian Garin.