Wimbledon 2019 day four: Murray makes winning return, Nadal edges past Kyrgios in thriller, Kerber crashes out

5 Jul

Andy Murray won his first match at Wimbledon in two years after he and men’s doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert made it safely through to the second round with a late-night win.

The Scot was making his long-awaited return to SW19 after first sustaining a hip injury during the 2017 championships.

Murray and Herbert made it through with a four-set victory
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And Murray didn’t let his fans down as he and Herbert beat Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-0 in an entertaining evening match under the new roof of No.1 Court.

Two-time men’s singles champion Murray, 32, admitted to being a bit nervous before the start of the match.

He said: “It was great to get the win and a nice atmosphere.

“I was a little bit nervous at the start but we got better as match wore on.”

There was a thriller on Centre Court as third seed Rafael Nadal defeated the fiery Nick Kyrgios in four sets.

The Spaniard won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3) against Kyrgios, who reportedly prepared for the crunch clash by spending Wednesday night in a local pub!

Kyrgios caused Nadal all sorts of problems and even foxed Nadal with an underarm serve during the first set, however, the Australian was involved in a number of arguments with the umpire.

The best and worst of Kyrgios was on display
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Defending women’s singles champion Angelique Kerber is out after losing 2-6 6-2 6-1 to American world No.95 Lauren Davis.

The German, who beat Serena Williams in last year’s final was far from her best. Williams, who is Murray’s mixed doubles partner, managed to avoid a defeat in the second round to 18-year-old qualifier Kaja Juvan – winning 2-6 6-2 6-4.

Meanwhile, there was more success for Britain in the singles with Johanna Konta breezing past Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-4.

Konta had no problems in her match
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Harriet Dart, 22, claimed a 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-1 win over Brazilian Beatriz Haddad and will face top seed and French Open champion Ashleigh Barty in the third round.

Dan Evans continued his fine form on grass with a straight sets triumph over 18th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili – winning 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-2).

It was the end of the road for Jay Clarke, however, as he lost 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 to the great Roger Federer, who’s bidding for his ninth singles title at SW19.

Marin Cilic and John Isner’s 2019 championships came to an end following defeats to Joao Sousa, who will face Evans next, and Mikhail Kukushkin respectively.

And Australian Bernard Tomic was fined his entire £45,000 prize money for his lacklustre 58-minute defeat in the first round.

Tomic goes home empty-handed in more ways than one
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Nick Kyrgios underarm serve does not impress Rafael Nadal who says it lacks respect

28 Feb

Rafael Nadal criticised the attitude of Nick Kyrgios after he was beaten by him at the Acapulco International.

The controversial Australian produced a stunning comeback to win the match 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6), but was booed throughout the match in Mexico and even told the crowd to ‘shut up’ at one point.

Kyrgios had forced the world no.2 back beyond the baseline with a series of powerful serves, 21 in total, but then cheekily tried to catch Nadal off guard by executing an underarm serve.

This enraged the tennis legend, who after reluctantly shaking his opponent’s hand, complained about Kyrgios to ESPN.

“He is a player who has ginormous talent,” Nadal said.

“He could win Grand Slams and fight the top positions of the ranking, but there is a reason why he is where he is.

Kyrgios celebrates his win over Nadal

“He lacks respect for the public, the rival and towards himself.”

Kyrgios, who set up a quarter-final clash with Stan Wawrinka on Friday, hit back at the Spaniard.

“I’m different, Rafa’s different, he can focus on what he needs to do,” he said.

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“He doesn’t know the journey I’ve been through, he doesn’t know anything about me so I’m not going to listen at all.

“It’s the way I play, it’s the way he plays.

“He’s very slow between points. There’s a rule in the books that says you have to play at the speed of the server, Rafa has the speed every time.

“I’m not going to comment on his game, he has his game, I have my game.”

Kyrgios’ underarm serve did not go down well with his opponent, Rafa Nadal
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The Australian was trying to catch Nadal out with the effort during his stunning win in Mexico
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Umpire Mohamed Lahyani suspended for next two scheduled tournaments after “trying to help” Nick Kyrgios during US Open

19 Sep

A tennis umpire has been suspended for his next two scheduled tournaments after being caught encouraging Nick Kyrgios during the US Open.

Mohamed Lahyani was heard saying to the Australian “I want to help you” during a changeover when Kyrgios was a set and a break down against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The ATP sanctioned Lahyani’s punishment but still offered pleasant words on his umpiring ability

Kyrgios then went on to win the second round match in four sets.

Lahyani will therefore miss October’s China Open and the Shanghai Masters after the ATP conducted an internal review.

The men’s governing body said in a statement: “Lahyani’s actions in the match were deemed to have compromised the impartiality that is required of an official.

The Swede will be able to return to work at the Stockholm Open on October 15.

Controversy never seems to be far away from Kyrgios

US Open organisers said Lahyani had gone “beyond protocol” but did not take any action at the time.

However, as he is one of the seven full-time umpires on the Tour, the incident was still subject to ATP disciplinary action.

ATP executive vice president of rules and competition Gayle David Bradshaw said Lahyani is a “world-class and highly-respected official”, but added “his actions during the match crossed a line that compromised his own impartiality as a chair umpire.”

Bradshaw continued: “Although well-intended, his actions were regrettable and cannot go without disciplinary action on our own Tour.

“We know that he will learn from this experience and we look forward to welcoming him back in October.”

After the match, world number 27 Kyrgios said it was “ridiculous” to suggest Lahyani’s words had sparked his resurgence.

However, Frenchman Herbert said it was “the point something changed” and that the umpire’s actions were unnecessary.