Wimbledon Match Preview: Kyrgios vs. Nadal

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Barty is the woman of the moment having just won her first Grand Slam at the French Open but she and former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber were consigned to Court Two for their second-round matches while much lower ranked Britons were scheduled to play on Centre Court. Kyrgios is the lowest-ranked player the Spaniard has lost to at Wimbledon, when the then number 144 in the world beat him in the fourth round five years ago.

Kyrgios attempted to get under Nadal's skin early by pulling out his party trick, the underarm serve.

Barty next plays British wildcard Harriet Dart on Saturday in a showstopper nearly certain to be scheduled for Centre Court.

Kyrgios blasted a 143mph (230kph) second serve-ace during the first set.

Only Ivo Karlovic's 144mph effort at the 2007 Legg Mason Classic has topped it, according to ATP statistics.

The sport's most unpredictable talent quickly followed up with his under-arm ace, which brought a smile from even the fiercely intense Nadal.

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Not quite in keeping with the famous Wimbledon etiquette, in the SAME game, he looked to catch Nadal out yet again.

On Thursday, Nadal claimed the only break of the first set in the second game before Kyrgios unleashed his first angry volley at the umpire over the Spaniard not playing to the rhythm of the server as the rules dictate.

"I'm like "what are you talking about?"

NICK Kyrgios has taken his relaxed approach to preparation to new heights, hitting a well-known Wimbledon pub just hours before he is due to take on Rafael Nadal. Irritated at the time Nadal was taking between points, Kyrgios took his annoyance out on Damien Dumusois, the unlucky man in the chair, asking him why he wasn't doing anything about it.

They are playing together at Wimbledon for the first time and face Taiwanese pairing Chan Hao-Ching and Latisha Chan, the ninth seeds, in the second round on Friday.

"It certainly wasn't a passing shot, was it?"

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And Nadal's comments after the shock defeat said it all.

Nadal whipped the crowd into a frenzy when he celebrated winning the vital third-set tiebreaker.

Davis has now equalled her best previous performance at Wimbledon in reaching the third round where she will play Spanish 30th seed Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the last 16.

"He was a tough opponent".

"It was an important victory for me".

"It's fantastic how good he is able to play, so if he is able to forget all these things, he's potentially a grand slam victor".

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