Rafael Nadal believes that Nick Kyrgios is a legitimate Australian Open title contender, as the Spaniard suggested that the Australian could probably win any Grand Slam outside of the French Open. Kyrgios, who opted out of the French Open in 2022, was runner-up at Wimbledon and also reached the quarterfinals at the US Open.
During his pre-tournament press conference at the United Cup, Nadal was asked about Kyrgios’ chances at the Australian Open. “I know he doesn’t really like playing Roland Garros. It’s the only tournament he doesn’t seem to like playing very much.
The rest of the tournaments, he played the final at Wimbledon, and in New York he was close to the final, I think, with a very good chance. positive. He can win in any tournament he plays. He has all the talent, the weapons to beat any player.
Of course he can,» Nadal said of Kyrgios. Nadal, who turns 36 in June, had another injury-plagued season in 2022. Even so, it looks set to play at least one more season on Tour. When asked about his future in tennis, Nadal suggested that he is taking it day by day.
«As a professional you never know. I hope not. When you’re 36, you never know when your last will be. It’s obvious, but I don’t like to talk about it because I’m not in the mood.» right now I just focus on trying to play my best.
possible level and give me the opportunity to continue being competitive, to fight for everything», explained Nadal.
Rafael Nadal is already in Melbourne
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, former doubles world number 1 Paul McNamee has raised concerns about Rafael Nadal ten days before the start of the Australian Open, where he will attempt to defend his title.
“It is believed that his abdominal injury is affecting his ball delivery, but what worries me the most is that he recently admitted that he needs to be a little faster physically. Coverage has always been a major asset for Nadal but, cruelly, I’m afraid he has lost a yard.
So as time goes on, and to be fair, at 36 he is only a year older than Djokovic, winning the Australian Open will be much more difficult for Nadal. As the defending champion and world number 2, he is certainly in the running. However, for Australians who want to see the great Spaniard, I suggest you enjoy it while you can.»