Mother's barb at heart of Rafael Nadal defeat in Wimbledon by Aussie Nick Kyrgios

Jul 03 2014, 08:29 IST
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SummaryWimbledon teenage sensation Nick Kyrgios said getting angry at his mum thinking he couldn't beat the world number one inspired his shock victory over Rafael Nadal.

shot to close out a match."

- Reliance on pure aggression -

Three-time 1980s Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, himself a feisty youth in his heyday, reckons Kyrgios can win the whole tournament, but the Australian is trying not to get ahead of himself.

"I'm just going to stay grounded," he said.

"Milos has probably got the best serve in the world. I'm just going to go out there and have fun again.

"I'm always going to have a style of game that's aggressive, having an aggressive serve, really take control from the baseline. To be able to play my best tennis, that's how I'm going to have to play.

"I am going to have to play free, back myself under pressure. That's going to give me the best chance to win matches.

"There's going to be a lot of walking from side to side from his serve, and there's going to be a lot of winners in the match. It's going to be hard to find rhythm. I'm just going to go out there and just go on my return of serve."

Kyrgios wants to draw on the fighting spirit of Australia's Grand Slam winners as he makes what will now be a certain surge into the world's top 100.

"You look at the Australian culture of what it was back when Lleyton Hewitt was a champion, Pat Rafter was a champion.

They were such fearless competitors. I want to start bringing that back into the sport, especially for Australian tennis," he said.

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