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Daily Drops: Toni Nadal makes Novak Djokovic jibe; Andy Murray tipped to 'do damage'

In Daily Drops today, Toni Nadal has aimed a revealing jibe at Novak Djokovic, while Andy Murray has been tipped to 'do damage' at Wimbledon.
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In Daily Drops today, Toni Nadal has made a revealing Novak Djokovic jibe, while Andy Murray has been tipped to 'do damage' at Wimbledon.

Andy Murray tipped to 'do damage'

Nick Kyrgios says he believes Andy Murray could do 'damage' to the Wimbledon favourites.

Kyrgios got a close-up look at where Murray's game is at when they recently met in the semi-finals in Stuttgart.

Murray won that one in straight sets, and Kyrgios has warned people not to underestimate the level Murray needed to be able to produce to do that.

"I think he's one of the most dangerous players on grass still. I definitely think the way he can handle speed, return, compete, slice, volley, as long as his body is feeling well, I don't want to see him on the grass at all.

"I'm playing unbelievable tennis at the moment. That first set [in Stuttgart] was as good a level as anyone can produce on the grass. I know what he's capable of.

"Yeah, I hope he's feeling good because he's obviously able to do damage on the grass. I think anywhere."

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Toni Nadal makes Novak Djokovic jibe

Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first career grass title in Mallorca this week, and he left with a message ringing in his ears from Toni Nadal.

As well as being the Mallorca tournament director, Toni Nadal is the uncle of Rafael Nadal and the coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime.

While presenting Tsitsipas with his trophy, Toni said: “Congratulations Stefanos.

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“You play great on this surface and for me you are one of the favourites at Wimbledon. I hope you don't beat Rafa or Felix. Try to beat Djokovic.”

The jibe being, of course, that Tsitsipas is in the same half of the draw as Nadal and Auger-Aliassime. So if he even plays Djokovic, those two are already out before Tsitsipas would even get a shot at Djokovic.

It looks, then, that Toni Nadal just wants Djokovic to lose, although we can probably put that one down to the ongoing Grand Slam race between him and Rafa.

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Sinner talked up by new coach

Jannik Sinner has made a seriously impressive addition to his coaching staff in Darren Cahill, and Cahill is just as impressed with the Italian.

Cahill, who has coached Simona Halep to two majors before, joined up with Sinner at Eastbourne and he will be at his side at Wimbledon too.

"Jannik is one of the most interesting talents in tennis and so I have followed his evolution," Cahill told Gazzetta dello Sport. "And in person he confirmed the idea I had formed.

"An extremely polite guy, hard worker and passionate about his work. Which makes everything easier."

And on Sinner's chances at Wimbledon? "Grass? Yes it is not his favourite surface but he will have a chance to change his mind.

"I think his game is suited to this surface and he will realise that in the future."

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