A third-round match at the Mutua Madrid Open between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios had a lot of hype around it. However, the Spaniard blunted any chances for drama with a convincing 6-3, 6-1 win.
Nadal thought he served efficiently and performed very few flaws. He thought he made a step forward compared to yesterday. To be able to win 6-3, 6-1 is excellent news, stated Nadal. He added that it is not regular to win against a challenger like Nick because he is an excellent match.
Nadal takes the lead versus Kyrgios in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-1, with both wins beginning clay. He pulled up his tour-leading 31st win of the season and stays unbeaten on clay this year with a 12-0 record. The four-time Madrid champ picked up his 10th competition titles this spring at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
Next up for Nadal is 9th seed David Goffin, after losing streak against 5th seed Milos Raonic in a 6-4, 6-2 success that had plenty of confidence. The Belgian, who enhanced to a 27-9 match record on the season, has reached 2 ATP World Trip finals this year at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open (l. to Dimitrov) and the ABN AMRO World Tennis Competition (l. to Tsonga).
Nadal dropped simply four games in winning his only FedEx ATP Head2Head conference with Goffin last month in Monte-Carlo.
Kyrgios showed up in Madrid with an absence of preparation due to traveling to Australia last month for his grandfather’s funeral service. The positive Aussie confessed in his post-match press conference that he wasn’t expecting to beat [Nadal] at all that night. He believes his game will round into type in the coming days.
He said he just have not remained in the general gist of being a tennis gamer. I haven’t been training. I’ve just been not doing anything actually,” stated Kyrgios. “I won a couple of rounds and lost to Rafa. I’m reasonably delighted with my very first week on clay. However, he played well tonight and was without a doubt the better player.”
Nadal got his first opportunity of the match with a net cord return winner to increase 3-1, but Kyrgios returned with a scorching backhand winner in the next game to break the best back. The Aussie quickly handed out the momentum, though, striking a double fault to put Nadal up 4-2. Kyrgios conserved 2 set points on his serve at 2-5. However, Nadal conveniently held in the next match with a forehand winner to take the early benefit.
The second set was one-way exchange for Nadal. The Spaniard won 14 from 15 points at one phase en route to prevailing in 72 minutes.
For a quick video of Nadal vs Kyrgios 2017, watch this: