Third seeded Rafael Nadal plays Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday, July 4. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios Head to Head
The two players have met six times on the ATP circuit and the head-to-head is tied at 3-3. This is one rivalry that has had some exciting clashes, dating back to the Wimbledon fourth round in 2014 where Kyrgios upset Nadal on Center court in a grueling match, in their only encounter on grass. The rivalry has resulted in comments from both players off the court on how the other was dissimilar to themselves. Nadal has alluded to Kyrgios as being disrespectful of his opponents, and Kyrgios has said that Nadal does not understand him and is not someone he would have a beer with.
Early Tough Battle on The Cards for Nadal
World number two Rafael Nadal began his Wimbledon campaign, with a convincing win against Japanese Yuichi Sugita in straight sets. Sugita broke Nadal in the opening game of the match, but the Spaniard was able to break right back and there was no looking back for him thereafter, with a 6-3,6-1,6-3 straight set victory.
Nadal is a two time Wimbledon champion and comes to Wimbledon without playing any of the warm-up tournaments on grass, at the back of an exhausting and successful clay court season, which saw him winning the French Open for a record twelfth time. The Spaniard was disappointed at being seeded below Roger Federer, who was moved up to number two to replace Nadal.
The Spaniard third seed was handed a particularly difficult draw with tricky opponents in his path, which begins with a second round clash against Australian Nick Kyrgios.
Kyrgios Hoping For a Repeat of Wimbledon 2014
Australian Nick Kyrgios is probably the only tennis player that has made news for reasons as varied as he has. Kyrgios, who has been hailed by some as being the most naturally gifted after Roger Federer, has been in the news for on-court brilliance, on-court lack of discipline and off-court comments.
The Aussie has as much talent as he does unpredictable temperament, and going into every match, no one (including Kyrgios) knows which version of Kyrgios will show up on the given day.
In keeping with the unpredictability of Kyrgios, his opening round match against countryman Jordan Thompson was just as much of a seesaw. Kyrgios won the first set in a tie-break and lost the second with a break of serve. He was unable to serve out the third set being up a break, and won it in a tie-break 12-10, after squandering two min-breaks. He then lost the fourth set in a matter of minutes 0-6, and just when he looked to be switching off, came back to the win the decider 6-1.
The talented Aussie has an interesting relationship and history with Nadal, dating back to Wimbledon 2014, where he sprung on the scene defeating the then world number one Nadal, and will look forward to renew the rivalry in the second round here again..
Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios Predictions & Tips
Current form is not a huge indicator where this one may end up, in particular. Kyrgios is known to bring his best game and discipline against the best in the sport and Nadal is only too well aware of that. Expect an intense battle with Kyrgios putting up a show, whether he wins or not. Nadal to use his maturity and experience to over Kyrgios’ distractions and genius play, and win in four sets.
Tip: Nadal to win in four sets: 13/10 (888Sport)