Nick Kyrgios has boldly claimed that his upcoming Wimbledon semi-final against Rafa Nadal will be the most watched match in tennis history. The Australian cruised past Cristian Garin in straight sets on Wednesday, setting up a blockbuster encounter against the Spaniard.
Although the two have had some issues in the past, that’s all behind them, with Kyrgios ready for what will be a special match. “Yeah, obviously it would be pretty special to play Rafa here,” said Kyrgios.
“We’ve had some absolute battles on that Centre Court. He’s won one against me, and I’ve won one against him. “Obviously, we know we are two completely different personalities. I feel like we respect the hell out of each other, though.
“I feel like that would be a mouth-watering kind of encounter for everyone around the world. “That would probably be the most-watched match of all time. I would argue that.”
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Ahead of what will be the first Grand Slam semi-final of his career, Kyrgios admits he has had doubts over whether he would ever achieve such results. “If you asked anyone if I was able to do that the last couple years, I think everyone would have probably said ‘No, he doesn’t have the mental capacity, he doesn’t have the fitness capacity, he doesn’t have the discipline, all that’,” he said.
“I almost started doubting myself with all that traffic coming in and out of my mind. “I just sat there today and soaked it all in. “At the same time, I feel like I don’t want to stop here, either.”