Kyrgios dropped the first set and then spoke to the trainer, complaining of being "sick" but not wanting to stop because the press would "blow it up" and he would get booed by the crowd. The year-old also attempted some unusual tactics, occasionally rushing the net behind his return and serving underhand in the third set. I think he's a good guy, but what he lacks is a little respect for the public, for his rival, and also for himself. I think he should improve that. Today we have to say congratulations, he was good and he won.
Tomorrow night, the second-seeded Spaniard aims for a picture-perfect start in Acapulco. In a stylistic clash pitting the King of Clay's baseline prowess vs. Zverev's net-rushing aggression, Nadal thrashed the German, , , in their lone prior meeting in Brisbane last month.
Since his victory over Murray, Zverev has skidded to four straight defeats, winning just one set—the opening set vs. Grigor Dimitrov in Rotterdam—in that span. However, Zverev did partner younger brother Alexander Zverev to the Montpellier doubles crown and arrives in Acapulco with a career-high rank of No.
It will be Nadal's first match since his five-set loss to rival Roger Federer in the Australian Open final. Should the seeds hold true to form, Nadal would face Delray Beach champion Jack Sock in the quarterfinals and potentially third-seeded Marin Cilic in the semifinals.
Kyrgios defeated three top players on the way to the title, saving three match points in a second-round victory over second-ranked Rafael Nadal -- owner of 17 Grand Slam titles -- and beating No. He also beat three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals of a drama-filled week that saw him shake off hostile crowds, illness, injuries and moments of malaise -- not to mention a post-match scolding from Nadal.
Uncle Toni Nadal, Rafa's coach, announced earlier this month this will be his last season travelling the tour with his nephew.
Maybe what he thinks now will change at the end of the season.
It would be sad not to have Toni on the circuit. Besides, Rafa is a great mate and I have played almost all my career alongside him and Roger.
So the longer they go, much better.