Rafael Nadal: 'He takes half the profits without...'

‘He takes half the profit without…’

Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios have met nine times on the tour. The Spaniard leads 6-3 and they had some exciting fights that went to the end like their last duel in Indian Wells. It took the Spaniard nine and a half hours to beat the Australian in their last three encounters and Nick did his best to keep his cool and keep his character beneath the surface during those encounters.

That was not the case in their sixth meeting in Acapulco 2019. Kyrgios saved three match points in a 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 triumph over Nadal in three hours and three minutes. Arriving in Acapulco in 2019 with knee problems and just five games to his tally, Nick found an extra gear to add two wins and reach the quarterfinals.

Rafa had the match in his hands twice but missed his chances and conceded an early loss. Leading 6-3, 4-4, Nadal missed four break chances that could have put him closer to the goal. The Spaniard gambled away no fewer than five break points in the 3-2 decider.

He was also unable to convert three match points in the tie-break when the score was 6-3 and missed the last five points to propel Nick into the round of 16. Rafa didn’t like Nick’s demeanor, his forearm serve and the fact that he spent almost no time between serves, leaving him unprepared for returns.

The crowd booed the Australian after the last point, the handshake between the players was anything but friendly. Rafa had 39 winners and 17 unforced errors while Kyrgios went 58-49, firing bullets off his serve and forehand to keep the points on his racquet.

Nadal dropped just four points on serve in the opening set and brought it home with a break in game six after a poor volley from Nick. Four wins at 5-3 were enough for Nadal to take the lead after 34 minutes. The Aussie fought for every point, firing four winners to stave off break chances at 4-4 in set number two and stay in the match.

Rafa trains in Spain

In his autobiography Rafael Nadal: My Story, the former world No. 1 has revealed that his uncle never received paychecks from him for his coaching services. Speaking about it, he said: “One wouldn’t have happened without the other.

Toni has not received any money from me or anyone in my family for the lifetime of attention he has given me, but he was able to do it because he owns half of my father’s business and takes half the profits with him without earning any of it do work”.

He further added: “It was a fair exchange because I would never have had anywhere near the same hours of coaching from Toni if ​​my father had not worked so purposefully throughout his life.”

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