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'Rafael Nadal the greatest of the big three says,' says Nick Kyrgios

Rafael Nadal, coached by Carlos Moya, with 14th French Open title

Nick Kyrgios believes Rafael Nadal has edged ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the GOAT debate after winning Roland Garros and the Australian Open this year.

Nadal started the year level with Djokovic and Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles apiece, but he has so far swept the majors in 2022 to move ahead.

That, according to Kyrgios, has been a decisive move in the GOAT race, although it should be noted he was speaking for a Spanish audience.

Asked by Ultima Hora who the greatest out of the big three, Kyrgios said: "I think it's Rafael Nadal. He now has 22 Grand Slams and the other two have twenty."

Kyrgios was talking ahead of the Mallorca Open, where he will be considered a big box office draw ahead of Wimbledon.

While many tennis traditionalists see the Australian as a controversial figure, he says he is just subject to his emotions on court.

"I love that people follow me and come to see me in the different tournaments, and that they like my way to play I am proud of my style," Kyrgios said.

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"Being able to prove it is also a reward for me.

"I don't understand why they think of me [as a "bad boy"]. I'm 27 years old now and I've been playing like this since I was ten.

"I have always been very emotional and ambitious. I'm not going to change. Because I think the fans want to see exciting and intense games.

"If you lose, you will be angry. It's normal, it's human. Some show it more and some less."

Rafael Nadal will attempt to continue a push for a calendar Grand Slam at Wimbledon if his foot injury permits it.  If his recent round of treatment is not successful, though, he has confirmed he will skip the tournament.

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