The former world No. 4 Tim Henman has drawn differences between Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal. The Brit said: "Rafa is just phenomenal. His intensity, the quality, the level he plays day in day out. And that's what I think a lot of people hope that Nick can apply himself to do because you can see the enormous tennis talent he has but physically and mentally, day in day out, he's too inconsistent."
Roger Rasheed, speaking of Kyrgios, said: "He moves the needle." In an interview Rafael Nadal's doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro commented on how the Spanish player got more and more professional over the years.
"Rafa improved a lot on his eating regime. He made an effort. He loved eating things hours by hours. He no longer does it", said Cotorro. Asked if calendar should be less lighter, Cotorro replied: "Man, there should be solutions in order to have more periodw off, more rooms between competitions.
The level increased. I saw players competing for 30 weeks a year. There should be a bigger time between tournaments. For example, the calendar of the clay season needs to be lighter." On their mindset heading into every French Open when the clay-court season starts, coach Carlos Moya concluded: "We go week by week.
The most important thing is to find rhythm, winning matches and being fit. If he is confident and he is healthy, he is a very difficult guy to beat on clay in five sets like results show."