Nadal teaches Kyrgios lesson at Wimbledon, champion Kerber knocked out

Nadal teaches Kyrgios lesson at Wimbledon, champion Kerber knocked out

Rafael Nadal dismissed rumours he called Nick Kyrgios 'son of bi***' ahead of their grudge showdown at Wimbledon.

Nadal put aside his personal differences with Kyrgios to graciously hail the mercurial Australian a possible future major victor after having to pull out all stops in a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) victory on Thursday.

"Yeah, I was going for him".

During the third set of a match littered with drama at the All England Club, Kyrgios aimed a forehand at the 18-time Grand Slam champion, but Nadal deflected it with his racket.

"Why should I apologize?" I mean, the dude has got how many slams?

The sated crowd rose to acclaim both men, but Kyrgios still had much more to give at his news conference, where the first thing he was asked about was his trip to a local pub the night before the match and whether he would have played better without it.

"And then there's the saying from Descartes that faith is a projection of humanity, and I think that's a really smart saying because it's really related to God, and I think that's something humans like to do", the 133rd-ranked teenager told the WTA website. I said yesterday, when he wants to compete well he is a tough opponent.

"I didn't hit him". Kyrgios said. "I got angry at the ref".

"Honestly, it's not about what I feel or what I don't feel". In 2014, a 19-year-old Kyrgios beat Nadal at Wimbledon to become the youngest man to eliminate the No. 1 player at a major tournament since 2005.

"I don't say Nick does this stuff to bother the opponent, but [it] is true that sometimes he's unsafe".

"When he hits the ball like this, is unsafe".

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

"This time the ball went in, nearly hit me, no problem".

However, Nadal held out an olive branch by claiming: "I'm too old for this stuff". When you hit the ball like this, you don't know where the ball goes. This time the ball went in, [it] nearly hit me, no problem. "I know people that bought a ticket today probably had a great day", said Kyrgios, a 24-year-old Australian who is ranked 43rd.

I'm figuring that had Lleyton Hewitt in his brat-ish early years started a highly entertaining and potentially controversial match against a fellow Australian two hours before world number one Pat Rafter paddled away in a straightforward first-rounder, Seven would have stayed with Hewitt until the bitter end. So (it would) have been a risky moment for the line umpire. I wanted to hit him square in the chest.

Kyrgios hit Nadal in the chest with a hard forehand during the match, prompting the two-time Wimbledon champ to glare at his opponent for a few seconds.

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