2020 Australian Open R4: Rafael Nadal [1] vs Nick Kyrgios [23]

Winner

  • Nadal in 3

    Votes: 26 18.7%
  • Nadal in 4

    Votes: 62 44.6%
  • Nadal in 5

    Votes: 7 5.0%
  • Kyrgios in 3

    Votes: 5 3.6%
  • Kyrgios in 4

    Votes: 28 20.1%
  • Kyrgios in 5

    Votes: 11 7.9%

  • Total voters
    139

Yugram

Legend
Here we go.

Kyrgios just completed the longest match in his career, and we know that his fitness can be concerning at times. Has he anything left in the tank for the match against the GOAT?

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onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
I would have preferred Karen because I doubt he would have enough to beat Nadal and I think Nadal is the only one who can beat Med left and that’s important to me as Djokovic fan (errrr, should Nole make it that far obvs). :p With Nick it can go either way but I don’t know if he has anything left in the tank.
 

StrongRule

Talk Tennis Guru
I don't see Nadal doing anything on return in this match. Kyrgios is going to serve 3-4 aces in every game, just like in Wimbledon. And in tie breaks Kyrgios totally owns Nadal, it is 5-2 to him. I don't see how Nadal can win this match. He will need a miracle to beat this servebot.
 

Hitman

Bionic Poster
Just saying that Kyrgios’s puppeteers won’t like this kind of statement. ;)

LOL :D

Also many know that this is how you get into the mind of someone and take the pressure off of yourself. Nadal mastered it first and used it against Federer, then Djokovic gave Nadal a taste of his own medicine, so not surprising these guys will say these things to take pressure off because they have seen the impact it has had on the one they are praising. ;)
 
I would have preferred Karen because I doubt he would have enough to beat Nadal and I think Nadal is the only one who can beat Med left and that’s important to me as Djokovic fan (errrr, should Nole make it that far obvs). :p With Nick it can go either way but I don’t know if he has anything left in the tank.

I doubt Novak fears anyone. Especially in Australia.
 

MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
I think Nick can do enough to steal a set early. But I'd be very weary of his ability to do any serious damage after tonight with his fitness levels.

Also Rafa looked on fire this round. Should hopefully be a fun one.
 

Yugram

Legend
I see it as Nadal 7-6 6-4 6-1. Similar score to US Open match against Berrettini. Nadal will struggle on return for a set and a half, but when he goes up 2-0 Kyrgios just stops trying.
 
I think Nick can do enough to steal a set early. But I'd be very weary of his ability to do any serious damage after tonight with his fitness levels.

Also Rafa looked on fire this round. Should hopefully be a fun one.

Yeah I agree. At best nick can get a set! However, Rafa will wear him down and be too strong for him over 5 sets!
 

PrinceMoron

Legend
Here we go.

Kyrgios just completed the longest match in his career, and we know that his fitness can be concerning at times. Has he anything left in the tank for the match against the GOAT?

Thought Kyrgios was in the top half of the draw?


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Sport

G.O.A.T.
So what? Djokovic was calling Nadal the greatest ever back at IW 2011 when he was beating him. ;)
Because Djokovic considers the number of Slams more relevant than the H2H, and he assumed Nadal would surpass Federer's Slam record. ;)
 

StrongRule

Talk Tennis Guru
I think that might be like the match against Muller in Wimbledon 2017. I knew Nadal was going to lose then, and he did. The same thing might happen here.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Kyrios gamesmanship will be in full force for this one. He can’t outplay Nadal if Raf is working his game so Nick will have to seriously disrupt his flow. Love the tension though and how Raf usually handles it.


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TennisFan3

Talk Tennis Guru
Usually Nadal would be the favorite against Kygrios outside of grass. On a hardcourt Nadal should be able to handle the Kygrios serve much better.

However there are 2 factors here. Kygrios is serving better than ever. And Nadal is nowhere near his form in 2019 , especially nowhere close to when he beat Nick in Wimbledon. Which was a very close match that could have gone either way. Nadal looks little burnt out, he is not mentally sharp, not converting break points and generally not hitting big or moving well.

Pressure will be completely on Nadal. So Kygrios has better than a 50 50 chance. I'd say Kygrios in 4. 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6. This one won't go to 5 and be an epic. I don't think Nadal is in for a dogfight - mentally or physically.

All that said, I take my previous statement back about Kygrios challenging Novak. I don't think the Australian even beats Medvedev. His journey likely ends in the SF. He's not playing that well too.
 
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Deleted member 765728

Guest
Not sure how fresh Kyrgios will be after that brutal match against Khachanov, I hope he recovers well.
While this slower court doesn't help Nadal when it comes to the offense, it certainly helps him to return serves easier as he can stay 5 meters behind the baseline to give himself enough time to reach the ball with a full swing, so I expect him to drag Nick into those seemingly endless exchanges and eventually beat him on his own terms.
I would say Nadal in 4.
 
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