Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
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Nick Kyrgios SLAMS former Wimbledon champion after ‘pathetic’ jibe

Nick Kyrgios SLAMS former Wimbledon champion after ‘pathetic’ jibe

The 15th seed took his tournament ace tally soaring past the half-century mark with another 19 untouchable deliveries in 6-3 6-4 7-5 dismissal of Dutchman Robin Haase.

Kyrgios' compatriot and fellow tour bad boy has courted controversy at SW19 before, most notably when he picked up a £35,000 fine for tanking a match at the Championships previous year, claiming he was "bored". The reality was that he had broken Haase twice over two sets, and lost just one point on his own serve - drilling out 10 aces in the first set alone.

"He kind of gave up", ex-British Davis Cup star Andrew Castle said on the BBC after Kyrgios surrendered the opening set in 16 minutes. "I think that's going to be a fun match for both of us", Kyrgios said before Tomic's exit. A double fault gifted Nishikori a second match point, which he didn't waste, finishing 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 7-5.

Kyrgios, though, did muster the grit to retrieve a service break in the second set to force a tiebreaker.

Win or lose, the 2016 Wimbledon junior finalist has assured himself another career-high ranking inside the world's top 70. Kyrgios drilled a return deep towards Nishikori's feet, only for the World No. 28 to calmly reply with a barely believable victor.

Keothavong's response drew a smirk from Kyrgios and laughter from the crowd on Court Three.

Kyrgios has said he is in a "happy" place at the moment at SW19 but his matches still don't pass without some kind of intrigue.

"I felt great this morning". "I came out really good". A lot of nerves.

"I was concentrating on things that were so irrelevant".

"Kei is a guy I've never had a win against before", he said of his next opponent. "I'm just glad I got through it and didn't have to go to four sets". Everything kind of just went south.

"It's hard for me to find the balance sometimes".

The 25-year-old's demise is the second time in a month that Australian fans have been denied a spicy first-time duel between Tomic and Kyrgios. "Hopefully we can play our best tennis".

Nick Kyrgios insists it's too early to get excited about his chances of breaking the big four's 15-year mortgage on the Wimbledon crown despite his impressive surge to the last 32.

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