Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Updates: Nadal Leads Kyrgios At Wimbledon

Updates: Nadal Leads Kyrgios At Wimbledon

He called the official a "disgrace", describing his handling of the explosive tie as "pathetic" for failing to warn the Spaniard over what he claimed was his pedestrian pace of play.

"I play against a top talent player, very unsafe player, when he wants to play tennis", Nadal said.

"I was going for him".

"I really enjoyed myself on Court 1 today with the roof", Federer said.

"Why would I apologise?"

"You have so much power up there", he mocked the umpire.

"This is something that I can't take for granted". There's no guarantee I'm going to be here again in this position. "He was attractive with finesse and the best role model for players", said the world number 86 who was making his Wimbledon debut.

"When he hits the ball like this, it is risky". I know that. I need to be at my 100 percent. I have to come with the right attitude, I have to be willing to fight.

"I am a professional, so I know how to avoid this. That ball hits an eye or something like this, it is a problem". Five years ago, during their only grass-court matchup, a 19-year-old Kyrgios stunned Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, introducing himself to the tennis world with tweener winners and 37 aces.

It was a decision he did not regret. "'No, when you talk about Nick Kyrgios - and you can say this about any player - success is about maximising your potential - when you look at his natural tennis ability, it's enormous but the physical side, the mental side is not where he's maximising".

Everything was rendered secondary to Nadal vs. Kyrgios.

"I know what I'm capable of".

When Kyrgios did concentrate on his tennis, he was full of invention and variety - introducing an Ali shuffle after his big winners and upsetting a rival he already had history with by launching a return straight at him at the net, earning a glare in return. Mladenovic later double-faulted twice more to get broken and make it 5-all. I won't train day in, day out. Stephens beat Wang Yafan 6-0, 6-2, and Wang ousted Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 6-2. "I just think it's a good thing because I have been able to come out as a gay person". "But suddenly I made it after the set points and I felt much, much better after that".

Kyrgios pulled out a few shots from his bag of tricks, the jump backhand, even an unnecessary jump smash (because the ball was low) and tried a behind-the-back volley when a simple backhand volley would have done the trick.

"If, if, if. Doesn't exist".

"You're no-one. You think you're important".

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