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Nick Kyrgios.

Nick Kyrgios names the one thing that sets him and Rafa Nadal apart

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Nick Kyrgios’s, Indian Wells adventure continues after beating world No. 2 Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6(3) in their fourth round match of the BNP Paribas Open.

Kyrgios’s victory over Djokovic end’s the Serbs impressive 19 match winning streak.

The 21-year-old Australian put in an impressive display to get past the world number two and can now look forward to a Quarter Final match against Roger Federer.

The Australians Quarter Final opponent Rodger Federer beat Spaniard Rafa Nadal 6-2 6-3.

Kyrgios’s continued good form against Djokovic comes after beating him in their first ever meeting, just two weeks ago at the Mexican Open in Acapulco.

That victory meant that Kyrgios joined fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt in being the 2nd only player in history to beat Nadal, Federer and Djokovic in their first matches against them.

The Australian’s performances over the last couple of weeks have re-affirmed pundit’s belief’s that he should win at least one grand slam during his career.

When asked what Nadal, Federer and Djokovic possess in their arsenal that he would like, the young Australian replied: “I would just like to ask Rafa how he can play every point as if his life is on the line.”

“I think that´s one thing that gets overlooked.”

BNP Paribas Open - Day 10

“He´s so good at tennis that you sort of don´t really appreciate how he lines up for every point and he plays it, whether he´s 40-Love down or 40-Love up. I think that´s the most incredible thing about his game.”

“That´s something I don´t have.”

Kyrgios was more connected with his temperament rather than his tennis.

Kyrgios does possess an interesting record when it comes to mental toughness. Until this year the 21-year-old was more often making headlines for his behaviour on the court, rather than his tennis. 

He was nearly disqualified during the US Open for repeated obscenities and racket smashing during a match against Mikhail Youzhny in 2014. 

In 2015, the 21-year-old made a vulgar remark about opponent Stanislas Wawrinka's girlfriend. 

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US Open Tennis
Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Serena Williams
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray

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