Nick Kyrgios round-up: A record serve, accusses umpire of bias, frustrated by Rafael Nadal’s tactics
It was another mixed bag from Nick Kyrgios as he sent down a record-breaking serve, but also produced his usual antics during his Wimbledon clash against Rafael Nadal.
To the good first as Kyrgios produced a 143mph (230kph) second serve-ace during the first set of his second-round encounter against the 18-time Grand Slam champion, won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) by the Spaniard.
It was the fastest-ever serve at the All England Club and the second-fastest second serve in ATP history with only Ivo Karlovic’s 144mph effort from 2007 faster.
And just moments later Kyrgios delivered what has now become one of his trademark shots: an underarm serve.
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However, the Australian was also sent down some verbals during the early stages of the match as he was unimpressed by Nadal taking a comfort break at the end of the first set and had a full go at the umpire.
“Wow, you’ve got so much power up there,” Kyrgios told chair umpire Damien Dumusois. “Look at you! Look at you!
“You’re no-one. You think you’re important. You have no idea what’s going on. You’re a disgrace.”
It was too long before he exploded again as he was unhappy with Nadal taking too long between points.
“He takes too long between serves it’s b*******,” he said. “I am ready to serve? Why am I waiting?
“He is controlling the tempo. Why should I wait? It’s pathetic.
“It’s stupid. Nah don’t talk to me. You’re so biased. These dudes take 40 seconds between every serve.
“Don’t tell me to play within the rules if he doesn’t play within the rules.”
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