Rafael Nadal (4th) and Nick Kyrgios (77th) are part of the main draw Toronto Masters 1000 and faces could be seen in the third round, or in the second round more precisely.
They always leave cloth to cut. Both on the court, with unforgettable games, and outside, with crossed statements. For example, when Kyrgios admitted that, at one point, at Wimbledon 2019, he targeted the Majorcan’s chest.
In Australia 2020, before they met in the round of 16, Rafa had said that he did not know him but that he did not “like him when he does some things, but he did when he showed love for tennis”.
Nadal and Kyrgios met eight times, with five victories for the Spaniard and three for the Australian-born. In Melbourne 2020, Rafa won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (6) and 7-6 (4), this being the last time they faced each other.
This rivalry began in 2014, when a young 19-year-old Kyrgios hit the ball at the All England and eliminated Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5) and 6-3.
In the eight clashes, paradoxically, they disputed nine tiebreaks, where five of them were left in the hands of the Oceania. In the next few days there could be another historic shock.