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Old 07-05-2019, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by notfrommensa View Post
Kyrgios aced Nadal with an underhand serve today. He also intentionally hit Nadal in the chest.
I too laughed at the underarm ace. He won another point with it later on, too - Nadal just barely got to it but couldn't get it back. I personally think it's fine - as Kyrgios himself has said, the object of the game is to hit the ball where your opponent can't get. Claiming it's disrespectful to the opponent or the game is nonsense. Should drop shots be banned, too?

I'm not convinced he intended to hit Nadal with the ball, again, when you're on the baseline and your opponent is at the net, hitting the ball at them can be a legitimate tactic, if it looks like a better percentage play than hitting a lob or pass. And I believe the shot would have landed in if Nadal had not been there - it's not like he blasted it with the only chance of winning the point being hitting the opponent before the ball lands out. He did raise his hand (albeit briefly) in apology, too.

Originally Posted by Guest-starring: Id! View Post

Yeah, saw that and had a good laugh. Manoman he sure gets snowflakey with umpires, like, way too often. He's one of the few players who, when he loses, it always seems like he's beating more himself than getting beaten by his opponent. Yes, this means he tanks. Not so much today, but in previous matches - hells ya. Surprised as all get-out to hear that prior to today they were 3 - 3 head-to-head.
The BBC commentators (Todd Woodbridge, Boris Becker, and Andrew Castle) were all saying how he should put less energy into that stuff and more into his tennis. Personally, I think Kyrgios is an annoying, rude prick who could do more with his talent, and no doubt could prepare better off the court, but they seem to fail to realise that this whole shtick is his gameplan. He knows he can't quite compete with Nadal on a purely tennis-playing basis, so he tries to wind him up in various ways. More importantly, it gets his own adrenaline going and makes him a better competitor. It's a deliberate tactic on his part, not that he can't control his temper - rather, he's trying to channel it to his advantage. Coupled with his amazing skills, this makes him box office. And I've got to agree with him regarding Nadal's slowness, particularly when receiving. Several times Kyrgios was ready to serve and Nadal was still faffing about at the back of the court. If I were him, I probably would have sent a serve down before Nadal was ready - or would that be a code violation against the server?

There was absolutely no call for him to berate the umpire like he did, though - uncool, unprofessional.

Will always be pulling for almost-38-year-old Fed. Maybe the most aesthetically satisfying athlete I've ever watched. Not sure if he has a 21st major in him, but I always hope.
Seconded. Mainly, I really want him to finish with more than Nadal gets to. He didn't really have to get out of first gear to win his first match (though he was unbelievably quick to get on to a drop shot early on, which I think disheartened his young opponent!). So much so the commentators suggested he was lacking in concentration. But he got it done very efficiently, conserving maximum energy.