Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal told to ‘pray’ to avoid ‘dangerous’ Kyrgios at Wimbledon | Tennis | sport
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been told to ‘pray’ to avoid Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon later this month – with former player Alex Corretja saying the Aussie is a ‘dangerous’ opponent for any seeded player in this year’s edition of the prestigious competition.
Kyrgios missed the clay season and eventually the French Open in order to prepare for Wimbledon and other grass court tournaments this summer. The move sees him entering SW19 as an unrated player, which means he will face the best opponents from the start of the tournament.
After beating Stefanos Tsitsipas and Pablo Carreno last week, and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili the previous week in Stuttgart, Kyrgios has shown he can surprise on grass where Nadal is particularly struggling compared to clay. And Corretja issued a warning to favorites Djokovic and Nadal, saying they will want to avoid the “dangerous” Kyrgios if they want to progress and add to their impressive collection of Grand Slams.
“If I was in the Wimbledon draw and was seeded, I would pray that I didn’t play against Kyrgios in the first round,” Corretja said. told Eurosport. “It’s so difficult to play against him, his serve is probably one of the best on the circuit right now.
“He knows he likes to play on grass, he likes to have fun, he likes to involve the crowd. I think he plays under less pressure. I feel like he just plays to see what will happen. happen, and he likes the conditions, he likes the surface.
“So I think if he has a place in the draw where the seeds are the ones he can dictate and he’s the one who deals and dominates, he can be dangerous. At another point, I feel like he probably wasn’t ready, like when you see him at the Australian Open or the US Open, because the matches are longer, but at Wimbledon they can be long, but he can score points quickly.
“He can also put pressure with the return, with the forehand, with the backhand flat. Well, I think Kyrgios is someone you don’t really want to see next to you in the draw. ” Nadal hasn’t won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon since 2010, with his 12-year hiatus having to end if he is to complete a Calendar Slam.