Nick Kyrgios: Every single person was going nuts when I played Rafael Nadal at AO

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Nick Kyrgios: Every single person was going nuts when I played Rafael Nadal at AO

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is disappointed that there won't be packed out crowds at this year's Australian Open but he acknowledged that they should feel lucky for even having the Grand Slam tournament. Kyrgios, who never fails to bring crowd to the stands, is set to open his Australian Open campaign on Monday against Frederico Ferreira Silva.

The Australian Open will feature a limited number of crowd. "I usually bring a crowd,” Kyrgios acknowledged, per Tennis Australia. “It feels strange. I don’t think I’m going to experience as good of memories as I have here previously”.

Kyrgios offers greater perspective Kyrgios returned to the courts last week, playing his first tournament since 2020 February. “We’re just lucky to even be playing at the moment,” Kyrgios noted. “At the end of the day it’s a tennis match.

With everything going on, it really shouldn’t matter, to be honest. Of course it’s going to be tough. If I’m down two sets to love, I’ve been down like that before and comeback and won. If there’s no crowd that day, I’m probably not going to win.

(But) that’s the way it is right now. I can’t complain about it”. Last year, Kyrgios edged out Russian tennis star Karen Khachanov in a five-set tie-breaker to reach the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park. In the fourth round, Kyrgios clashed against record 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Kyrgios competed well against Nadal but the Spaniard won in four sets. “Last year when I played Khachanov and Nadal, every single person in the stadium was going nuts,” recalled Kyrgios Kyrgios has a simple game as he said: “I don’t care who I play in the draw.

I could draw anybody, I’m going to go about it the same way … I’m going to try to serve big, play big, find my rhythm. If I execute well, usually I win”.