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on singles winner Andy Murray, won his first-round match in men’s doubles as he returned to the tournament for the first time in two years following two hip oper
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match of his career. Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion and a 2017 Wimbledon finalist, lost, too.
None of that really mattered, in the end.
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Part of that is because a 19-year-old Kyrgios beat then-No. 1 Nadal at the All England Club in 2014.
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In the leadup to this meeting, Kyrgios joked that he didn’t think “me and Rafa could go dow
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ednesday night. The 33-year-old Nadal, meanwhile, observed that he was “too old for all this stuff.”
They could hardly be more different, something Kyrgios underline
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cond serve at a tournament-high 143 mph and a pair that he hit with an underarm motion.
These two couldn’t even agree on whether Kyrgios is capable of winning major championships.
Nadal’s take? “With his talent and with his serve, he can win a Grand Slam, of course.”上海千花坊品茶微信
And Kyrgios’ self-assessment? “I know what I’m capable of. Just depe
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y. I won’t train day in, day out. I won’t show up every day. So there’s a lot of things I need to improve on to get to that le
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He is ranked 43rd, and hasn’t been past the quarterfinals at a majo
r. But against Nadal, he displayed boundless power, guile, touch and athleticism.
Kyrgios, his shirt collared popped just so, seemed to act at times as if it we
re more important to look cool than to play well. The between-the-leg shots, the un
necessary leaping backhands and all the rest. On the initial point of the pivotal fourth-set tiebreaker, he jumped high for a
showy overhead instead of making a safer putaway. The result? He deposited his
shot ball in the net, then rolled his eyes and chucked away a ball. Soon, the match was over.