Nick Kyrgios put in an amazing performance in his stunning ATP Cup doubles victory over Great Britain alongside Alex De Minaur, and made sure to support his doubles teammate in a press conference concerning rival Rafael Nadal.
The Australian duo produced an exciting match against doubles specialists Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury, winning a marathon second set tiebreaker 18-16 to progress to the semi-finals.
With their next match being against Spain, Alex De Minaur will face World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the singles match, while Nick Kyrgios will face Roberto Bautista Agut.
Kyrgios was quick to chide a reporter who asked him whether his Australian teammate was up to the task of defeating the Grand Slam winner.
“Obviously. That’s the stupidest question I’ve ever heard,” Kyrgios bluntly replied.
Australian coach Lleyton Hewitt was asked the same question a short time later, also backing up De Minaur to take the win against the Spanish champion.
“You’re the underdog going into any match against Rafa and we all know the intensity and quality of play that he’s going to bring, he brings it day in and day out,” Hewitt said.
“It’s going to be a good test though for Alex to step up to the mark against that kind of player.
“Alex is playing some of the best tennis of his career right now as well so right now, we’ll just enjoy it for probably the next 24 hours.”