Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

All eyes will be on Nadal vs. Kyrgios matchup at Wimbledon

All eyes will be on Nadal vs. Kyrgios matchup at Wimbledon

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios in a four set memorable contest at the Centre Court on Thursday.

In the third set, and Nadal gave Kyrgios a lengthy, withering stare-down after the Australian fired a forehand straight at him.

On Thursday, Nadal claimed the only break of the first set in the second game before Kyrgios unleashed his first angry volley at the umpire over the Spaniard not playing to the rhythm of the server as the rules dictate.

There is no love lost between 18-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios.

Journalist Miguel Seabra, after having a toast with Kyrgios, tweeted: "I just had a toast with Nick Kyrgios at the Dog & Fox". I mean, the dude has got how many slams, how much money in the bank account? "I don't even want to step on a tennis court", while also part-lamenting, part-reveling in his refusal to take it all seriously. I'm not going to apologize to him at all.

'I was going for him.

"Honestly, it's not about what I feel or what I don't feel".

"When he wins it's fine, he won't say anything bad, he'll credit the opponent - "he competed well today, he's a great player" - but then as soon as I beat him, it's just like "he has no respect for me, my fans and no respect to the game".

Nadal was not happy about the shot, saying: "It is not risky for me, it is unsafe for a line referee, risky for a crowd".

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Reporter: Do you regret not apologising for hitting him with the ball in the third set?

In the post-match press conference, the two-time Wimbledon champion stated: "It is not risky for me, it is unsafe for a line referee, unsafe for a crowd".

R: If you hit someone with the ball.

Honest, unfiltered and with body language that hides nothing, it's how you know there are aspects to being a professional tennis player - or aspects of being him, specifically - that make life seem burdensome rather than enjoyable. This time the ball went in, nearly hit me, no problem.

And Kyrgios' self-assessment? "I know what I'm capable of".

Nadal won the first set easily, but Kyrgios pulled one set back and took the upper hand at the beginning of the third set. So (it would) have been a unsafe moment for the line umpire. That ball hits an eye or something like this, it's a problem. "I just hope Bernard is all right". I won't show up every day.

"I'm not sure. I got my house in the Bahamas".

"I don't think it's a good idea to keep talking about this guy", he said.

Increasingly upset with what he perceived to be Nadal's pedestrian pace of play, the 24-year-old described the official as a "disgrace" and said his handling of the explosive tie was "pathetic".

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