Rafael Nadal defeated Nick Kyrgios in the most anticipated match of the day at the Australian Open 2020. The Spaniard won with the final score of 6-3 3-6 7-6 (6) 7-6 (4) in 3 hours and 42 minutes of play, sending a clear message to his rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Now Rafa will face Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Spaniard played a very convincing performance, beating a very strong player on hard-courts, remedying an unfavorable playing surface, but on which he is expressing a great tennis.
Before the match, Nick Kyrgios wore the no. 8 shirt of Kobe Bryant, legend of the Los Angeles Lakers who died yesterday following a helicopter accident.