Nick Kyrgios believes that his controversial quotes on Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will not influence their fighting spirit when they get to the court to face each other. Speaking to British reporters at the Queen's Club, the Australian player said: “I have played Rafa a bunch of times.
We have beaten each other, as well. I don’t think before those comments they were, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care.’ They wanted to beat me, regardless. But my opinions won’t change. I don’t mind.
When we go out there and we battle, that’s what it is." Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev spoke about his knee condition: "I have a bit of pain and it is swollen but you could see that I was able to continue the match.
The court was a bit wet but luckily then they switched on the air-conditioning and it got better. I hope it’s nothing serious and that it will be better tomorrow, not worse. This is probably one of my favourite tournaments and I’m always motivated here.
Last year, I played with an injury here and lost first round and this year I really want to do well. I hope this was a good start for a good tournament for me." Recalling his most recent meeting against Steve Johnson, his next opponent, Zverev concluded: "I was only 18 back then.
It was three and a half years ago. A lot has changed since then. It was a very good match for both of us also for me and I hope that this time it will have a different ending. He is someone who has an unbelievable serve, a very good grass court game; he has won a few tournaments on grass.
He has a good forehand and a very good slice. He beat Philipp in straight sets which also tells a lot. It won’t be an easy match but there are no bad players here. Therefore, there aren’t any easy matches here."