Rafael Nadal edges past Nick Kyrgios in Center Court thriller
Jul 05 2019
There were the customary underarm serves and constant chatter with the umpire, and nearly a flashpoint in the third set when Kyrgios thrashed a forehand straight at Nadal and opted not to apologise. Roland Garros and Birmingham champion had the upper hand from start to finish, hitting 14 winners and seven unforced errors and dropping only 13 points in her service games. Why would I apologize?
"It's not something that I have to worry about or think about".
Kyrgios: I didn't hit him.
Kyrgios, who was practising alongside his opponent at Aorangi Park on Wednesday, did not let that slide and went to town on a podcast in May, branding Nadal "super salty" and Toni an "idiot". "There's plenty more tennis to be played in this tournament, so I won't be resting on that win". "I got thousands of messages from people I know and from people I don't know".
"When he hit the ball like this, (it) is risky".
No one chunters like Kyrgios and, at times, it's nearly as if he needs to have a running conversation with the umpire just to keep himself engaged.
"Yeah, I was going for him".
John Isner knows a lack of preparation was behind his shock second-round exit.
The 27th seeded Frenchman raced past qualifier Gregoire Barrere in three straight sets 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Kyrgios said he played a great match and was just beaten by the better man on the day, but said winning grand slams isn't on his radar.
"It's very disappointing to lose", he said.
While whacking a furry yellow ball across manicured lawns remains a priority for most players - maybe with the exception of Bernard Tomic who was fined 45,000 pounds after organizers deemed he had "tanked" his first-round match - Ash Barty and Sloane Stephens are also having a ball away from the courts. But it's not all bad.
"I was playing and everyone was going out".
"I really enjoyed myself on Court 1 today with the roof", Federer said.
Kyrgios could have been expected to give up, as he has so often before, but he stuck around, forcing another tie-break in the fourth set. "Like I love doing the media", he said.
"At the moment, (I'm) trying to tick all the right boxes, prepare for my next-round match".
Marcos Baghdatis expected to cry happy tears and he did just that after his retirement was confirmed on Thursday.
Second seed Rofer Federer beat local wildcard Jay Clarke in straight sets, while eighth seed Kei Nishikori beat another Brit Cameron Norrie.
Nadal advanced after four dramatic sets with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) victory.