2022 Indian Wells QF: Rafael Nadal [4] vs Nick Kyrgios [WC]

Who wins?


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Oh no doubt Nick was brilliant today, Rafa beat him by winning the crucial points. He's clearly a very difficult opponent when he's on his game but I still think he's a psychopath who would've done some very....scary things in his life by now had he not been good enough to make a living playing tennis

Agree.
 

The Blond Blur

G.O.A.T.
But can he win a Grand Slam title with a 2.5cm abdominal tear?

Yeah I didn't think so.
Lol, we’re still waiting on that documentary too :p

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bullfan

Legend
Kanye has sold 21 million album copies and owns a $1 billion shoe brand. I hate Kanye too but at least he can brag about his achievements. When you've actually achieved stuff and act like a jerk, I can at least say you're a successful jerk, but when you've done nothing of note and still act like a jerk, then you're just a jerk - Kanye is the former, NK is the latter
Good to know which side one stands regarding the "big time A Holes"
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Oh no doubt Nick was brilliant today, Rafa beat him by winning the crucial points. He's clearly a very difficult opponent when he's on his game but I still think he's a psychopath who would've done some very....scary things in his life by now had he not been good enough to make a living playing tennis
Scary things; like organize relief for brush fire victims or push a stranded motorist to safety. Total psychopath, unlike all his fans here on Haters Anonymous.
 
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TheNachoMan

Guest
Hard to see Djokovic winning a Major again now. So long out will be able to come back from and in Dubai he looked a shadow of his former self. And that was in picture perfect conditions tailor made for him
He’ll be fine.
 

Nadal - GOAT

Hall of Fame
Kyrgios is probably the last guy I wanted to end Rafa's streak because we all know he'd never stfu about it. Glad Rafa beat that clownyrgios at the end

Don't care what happens after this, no more negative shenanigans with NK outta here, I'm cool with anyone left in the draw winning
Ditto.. I wouldn't mind alcaraz beating Nadal. Will help his confidence and will help in grand slams.
I am hoping he gets drawn against Novak in FO. I am positive he will beat Novak
 

DSH

Talk Tennis Guru
That's nothing , Djokovic can run like a gazelle with a stomach tear and win whole tournament. True ,Injured GOAT:cool:
The Oscar for best actor performance in 2021 should have been given to 'Faker-vic' for his performance in the drama: How I won the Australian Open with an abdominal injury and despite everything, I was able to run like a gazelle with no strings attached".
I think no one deserved it more than the Serbian.
:whistle::sneaky:
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
The Oscar for best actor performance in 2021 should have been given to 'Faker-vic' for his performance in the drama: How I won the Australian Open with an abdominal injury and despite everything, I was able to run like a gazelle with no strings attached".
I think no one deserved it more than the Serbian.
:whistle::sneaky:
I don’t know, that waas just one tournament. How many times has Nadal been “injured”? Surely that should count for more?
 
I'm sorry to tell you that you were wrong for the hundredth time!
:p

Putting aside the normal advantage Nadal has over Kyrgios, do you think this was one of Nick's best chances to beat Nadal since Acapulco?

It felt like he might have been a good chance:

- was serving well and in great form
- was fresh and no niggling injuries
- had the walkover a round earlier
- Nadal slightly off form
- Better chance for Nick in Bo3 than Bo5 against Nadal (arguably)
 

DSH

Talk Tennis Guru
Putting aside the normal advantage Nadal has over Kyrgios, do you think this was one of Nick's best chances to beat Nadal since Acapulco?

It felt like he might have been a good chance:

- was serving well and in great form
- was fresh and no niggling injuries
- had the walkover a round earlier
- Nadal slightly off form
- Better chance for Nick in Bo3 than Bo5 against Nadal (arguably)
I remember that at Wimbledon 2014 against Nadal, the Australian played with a lot of self-confidence and exuberance, since he had nothing to lose.
He had the novelty factor.
In the third set tie-break, Nadal could have taken it but Kyrgios showed courage and determination to ultimately win that set and the match as well.
Almost eight years have passed and Nadal has continued to progress and polish a more aggressive style to win on hard courts and on grass,
Although he has yet to achieve the success he wants there again, if he continues like this he may be able to take that third Wimbledon title he so desires.
We already know how successful he has been with Moyá, and the last Australian Open is a significant reference of those achievements.
Meanwhile, the opposite has happened with Kyrgios, who in addition to his deplorable attitude in most of his matches over time, has not added significant improvements to his game and when he faces top 10 players like Nadal himself, Medvedev, Thiem, to name a few, it is not enough for him and he ends up defeated by them both physically and mentally.
It is no longer surprising that in tight matches the Australian gets nervous and makes bigger mistakes than usual that later weigh too much on the result.
While Nadal is the greatest mind in tennis, Kyrgios is like a luxury car that is driven by an idiot.
It's no surprise that he has struggled so much with not knowing how to deal with pressure and what it means to establish himself in the elite.
No, the short answer is that despite Nadal's irregularities with his serve, and some of his groundstrokes, he is enough to beat a player like Kyrgios who no longer strikes fear into his opponents like on that occasion, already distant in time.
The Spanish star is brighter than ever, the Australian was just a shooting star.
8-B
 
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D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
Are you good at tennis? Kyrgios doesn't tell Ben Stiller how to act. So, stop saying he had poor shot selection. He went up against a player who's unbeaten this year and took a set. There's nothing more he could have done.

He was serving for first set. He easily could have won in straights. He is unbeaten because his main rival is absent. He is struggling against pretty much everyone here.
 

D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
The return leader in both 2020 and 2021 too, and possibly in 2022 too. Do some research before trying to argue online. Some others will not be as kind.

So what that proves? Kyrgios has serve to get it done against anyone. If he finds the spot - Nadal can't do much. But he couldn't.
 

Backspin1183

Talk Tennis Guru
So what that proves? Kyrgios has serve to get it dinr against anyone. If he finds the spot - Nadal can't do much. But he couldn't.

That Nick tried his best but came short against a better player. Because Nadal just happens to be one of the best at returning big serves.

I'm more surprised Nick got two breaks in the match. He doesn't have great return.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
He was serving for first set. He easily could have won in straights. He is unbeaten because his main rival is absent. He is struggling against pretty much everyone here.
Remind me what happened the last time Chockovic turned up for a match.
 

D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
Wow man. The more Nadal wins the more you are losing it and stuffing yourself with salt. I hope Nadal mops up this year.

He is basically vulturing on hard court in absence of Novak. Even in that he is struggling against nobodies. Let me remind you he hasn't won set against Djokovic since 2013 on HC. Far from beating Djokovic - he hasn't defeated Federer off clay since 2014!!
 
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