The tale of the tape between Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Spain’s Rafael Nadal doesn’t look pretty at all: it’s admittedly one-sided in favor of the latter. Still, that’s not stopping the Aussie teenager from dreaming: beat the World No. 1 in a Grand Slam tournament.
The Kyrgios vs. Nadal match begins at 11:30 pm on Tuesday which means most Australian fans will be up past midnight to see if their compatriot can at least compete with a player of Nadal’s caliber.
Nadal vs. Kyrgios (Extreme) Comparisons
In 1995, Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios was born to Greek father, Giorgos and a Malaysian mother, Norlaila in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Roughly the same year, an 8-year-old Nadal already had the under-12 regional tennis championship under his belt.
Kyrgios turned pro in 2013 and will be playing his 13th match as a professional with a 5-7 win-loss record so far. Nadal’s career record is at 699 wins and 136 losses or a total of 835 matches in the ATP. The Spaniard is aiming for his 15th Grand Slam title in London.
The 19-year-old Aussie was ranked 144th in the world before Wimby. Nadal was ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings since October 2013.
Nadal vs. Kyrgios Betting Odds
So is there a chance that Kyrgios actually upsets Nadal on Tuesday night?
Betting odds usually don’t lie: the Australian has a betting line of 9.00 to beat Nadal, who is priced at 1.06 (or an implied probability of 94.34%). Thus, a zero-to-nil chance for Kyrgios unless he pulls off a major miracle in London.
Kyrgios beat Stephane Robert of France in four sets, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1), 6-7 (8), 6-2 in the opening round and Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic in another four sets, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in the third round.
But his breakout performance in his (very) young career was in the second round when he beat another French in 13th seed Richard Gasquet in five sets, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8. The Aussie fell into a 0-2 hole to start the match but pulled off the special and improbable comeback.
Will there be another special performance and improbable result result against Nadal?