Nick Kyrgios shows respect for Rafael Nadal ahead of Australian Open clash



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Nick Kyrgios shows respect for Rafael Nadal ahead of Australian Open clash

Australia's Nick Kyrgios has called world No. 1 Rafael Nadal "arguably the greatest ever" but still he will enter their Australian Open round-of-16 clash confident he can end on the winning side. Kyrgios, seeded at No.

23, edged out No. 16 seed Karen Khachanov 6-2 7-6 (5) 6-7 (8) 6-7 (9) 7-6 (8) in just less than four and a half hours of play to set up a blockbuster Nadal clash. Kyrgios, 24, has proved that he is capable competing and beating Nadal as he has claimed three wins in seven matches played against the 19-time Grand Slam champion.

Kyrgios, who took a medical time out during the Khachanov clash, will now have just less than 48 hours to prepare for his next match. "I just landed on my serve and I felt something, and I got some physio. But it’s just epic.

Like, I don’t even know what’s going on. Honestly, my legs feel like about 40 kilos each,” Kyrgios said, per the AAP and Tennis Australia. “He (Nadal) has a winning record against me. Whatever happens between us, he’s an amazing player, he’s arguably the greatest of all time.

“I’m not even thinking about that right now — I’m just thinking about my legs, and getting in an ice bath and getting some food or something. “He’s a champion. So I’m going to do everything I can now and hopefully I can just give everything I have and hopefully it can be enough”.