Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Nick Kyrgios in entertaining clash

Carla Harmon
July 4, 2019

Nick Kyrgios blasted a 143mph (230kph) second serve-ace during the first set of his Wimbledon clash with Rafa Nadal on Thursday - the fastest serve of any sort during the tournament so far and the second-fastest second serve in ATP history.

The two players have met six times on the ATP circuit and the head-to-head is tied at 3-3.

The Spaniard will take on Nick Kyrgios in the second round in a match that is unlikely to be tiresome.

"It just wasn't tough by what everyone expected and spoke about in regards to seedings", Barty said. "I literally played this way that I beat you the other previous times and nothing changed".

Tennis badboy Nick Kyrgios has lost the first set in his match today against Rafael Nadal - just hours after warming up by partying at a local Wimbledon pub.

As well as beating Nadal, Kyrgios also defeated Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and Alexander Zverev on his way to the title.

The Aussie star was spotted by multiple tennis commentators at a pub next to the All England Club past 11pm (London time) the night before his highly anticipated second-round match, scheduled on Centre Court for the early hours of Friday morning (AEST). I know that. I need to be at my 100 percent. I go into that match as an unbelievable underdog. Serena Williams' match against Kaja Juvan is the third and final game of the day on Court One.

'This is something that I can't take for granted.

The Spaniard third seed was handed a particularly hard draw with tricky opponents in his path, which begins with a second round clash against Australian Nick Kyrgios. "I don't know what to say".

"She's an incredible little girl who gives me so much inspiration. 'Kyrgios" challenge is to sustain the level mentally and physically over five sets let alone for one match but for seven in a Grand Slam.

"I have to come with the right attitude and be willing to fight". There's no guarantee I'm going to be here again in this position.

Dart, for her part, could not contain her excitement at playing the world number one. I know him as a tennis player. If not, it's going to be butter for him.

"I'm never going to change".

Kyrgios lived up to his firebrand reputation in his first-round encounter against fellow Australian Jordan Thompson by throwing a series of tantrums aimed at both the crowd and the chair umpire, before describing himself as "an absolute lunatic".

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