Despite crushing Nick Kyrgios yesterday in the Beijing title, Rafael Nadal sang the praises of the Australian Open, calling him one of the toughest players to face on the tour, that is when he’s not tanking.
“I have lot of respect for Nick,” Nadal said. “He’s one of the players with more talent on the tour. Of course, when he’s playing well, when he really wants to play, without a doubt is one of the toughest opponent to play against.
“He has everything. He has an unbelievable good eyes. When you play against him, looks that he has time for everything. That’s very difficult. Then, of course, he has great hands and a fantastic serve. He has everything to fight for almost all the events of the year.”
Nadal, who has never won Shanghai, opens play Tuesday or Wednesday against American youngster Jared Donaldson. He has won his last 12 matches.
“Shanghai is a tournament that I didn’t win,” Nadal said. “I have been there couple of times, semifinals and final. Let’s see. This year I am playing well. I played very well during the whole event here, so let’s see if I am able to hold that high level there in Shanghai. If that happens, I hope to have my chances.
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