Nick Kyrgios will face for the third time in his career Rafael Nadal on Thursday in Madrid. The Australian player, who beat Rafa in Wimbledon three years ago and then Nadal took the revenge last year in Rome, thinks it will be very tough to upset the Mallorcan player, despite Rafa is not playing so well as he beat Fabio Fognini in three sets on Wednesday.
'I think he’s the best clay-courter in the world, the greatest clay-courter of all-time', Kyrgios told Sport360 after beating the American Ryan Harrison 6-3 6-4.
'He’s going to be a massive favourite. It’s always going to be tough for any Australian to come play Rafa on clay but I feel if I play the right style of tennis and try and play and commit, I think I can do pretty well.' Asked in which aspect he feels a different player and person than 2014 Wimbledon when as World No.
144 and 19-year-old he had beaten a Legend like Nadal who had just won his ninth Roland Garros title, Kyrgios replied: 'I was very young back then, didn’t really have much perspective. I thought tennis was the be all and end all in the world.
And now it’s just a game we play and there’s a lot of other important things that happen and in the scheme of things it’s not really that important.' ALSO READ: Fabio Fognini criticizes ATP: 'Good schedule here in Madrid' .