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'Nick Kyrgios is handicapped by his messy understanding of tennis,' claims Toni Nadal

Does Nick Kyrgios have a 'messy way of understanding tennis'? Toni Nadal has given his opinion on what the Australian needs to work on to realise his potential.
Nick Kyrgios reacts in Australian Open defeat

Nick Kyrgios is 'handicapped by his messy way of understanding tennis' and he won't turn his career around until he fixes it, says Toni Nadal.

Kyrgios is known to be one of the most naturally talented players in the ATP, and he finally delivered on that in reaching the Wimbledon final this summer.

He ultimately lost the match to Novak Djokovic, and he was quite well-beaten on the day. Nevertheless, it still represented a major upturn in fortune for the 27-year-old.

However, if Nick Kyrgios wants to take the next step and compete regularly among the ATP elite, Toni Nadal believes some major changes are required.

"In the decisive moments he was unable to control his anxiety that, again, degenerated into constant rebukes to his team as if they were to blame for the undesired paths the scoreboard was taking for him," Nadal told El Pais.

"The match lacked great brilliance, mainly because there were too many unplayed points. The lack of perseverance of the Australian, especially in regards to maintaining his aggressiveness, revealed the main problem that, in my opinion, gives off his game.

"He has a bad habit of hitting too many balls in any way, basically without paying attention and in bad position.

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"In today's tennis, due to the speed at which the ball goes, there is no choice but to look for a good position to have good control.

"The great players (Federer, Djokovic, Rafael) measure their steps well, seek a good position and, from there, try to hit a good shot and increase the chances of victory.

"Kyrgios, with his messy way of understanding the game, is handicapped not so much by what he does with the ball, but by the way he wants to do it.

"It is very difficult for him to achieve the continuity that requires scoring points. Tennis is a sport of repetition, rather than the spectacular."

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