Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios wins and is fined as Rafael Nadal reaches third round

By Harry PooleBBC Sport at Wimbledon
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Venue: All England Club Dates: 27 June-10 July
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Nick Kyrgios said he "just wanted to remind everyone" that he is "pretty good" after reaching the third round at Wimbledon in straight sets, as two-time champion Rafael Nadal also progressed.

Kyrgios dominated in a 6-2 6-3 6-1 win over Filip Krajinovic and plays Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas next.

He was later fined $10,000 (£8,200) for his conduct in his opening match.

Nadal continued his pursuit of a third successive Grand Slam title with a four-set win over Ricardas Berankis.

The Spanish second seed, 36, beat the 106th-ranked Lithuanian 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-3 to set up a meeting with Italian 27th seed Lorenzo Sonego.

Argentine 12th seed Diego Schwartzman was knocked out as he was stunned 6-2 4-6 0-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 by British wildcard Liam Broady.

Meanwhile, 13th seed Denis Shapovalov - a semi-finalist last year - suffered a shock defeat by American Brandon Nakashima, losing 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-6 (8-6).

The Canadian is in a real slump in form, losing seven of his past eight matches since beating Rafael Nadal on clay at the Italian Open.

Nakashima moves on to play Colombia's Daniel Elahi Galan in the third round.

Kyrgios zones in to set up 'exciting' Tsitsipas tie

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios has reached the third round at Wimbledon in six of his eight singles appearances at SW19

Australian Kyrgios 27, admitting to spitting in the direction of a "disrespectful" spectator at the end of an incident-filled five-set victory over Britain's Paul Jubb in the first round on Tuesday.

He was critical of the line judges and spectators throughout his opener - even asking the umpire to remove people from the crowd.

But the 2014 Wimbledon quarter-finalist produced a no-nonsense performance in his second match, winning 93% of points on his first serve and firing 24 aces on his way to a commanding victory.

"I have been playing some really good tennis over the last month so I was really surprised with the way I played the other day," Kyrgios said.

"There were a lot of positives. I didn't play anywhere near my best and I got through it. Today I was in my zone, great body language. I just played well.

"I just wanted to remind everyone that I'm pretty good."

Kyrgios and team-mate Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Australian Open men's doubles champions - dubbed the 'Special Ks' - have withdrawn from the doubles event to allow the world number number 40 to focus on his singles campaign.

On facing 2021 French Open semi-finalist Tsitsipas, who progressed with a 6-2 6-3 7-5 victory over Australian Jordan Thompson, Kyrgios said: "I'm excited. We're two of the biggest stars in the sport. Hopefully if we both bring our best tennis, it's going to be amazing to watch."

Nadal comes through Berankis test

Should he register a third triumph at Wimbledon, Nadal would become only the sixth man to win the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the season.

That achievement would be all the more remarkable given the events of last year, when he feared he might have to retire because of a chronic foot condition.

The Australian and French Open winner battled past Francisco Cerundolo in four sets two days ago to make a winning return on his first appearance at the All England Club since 2019.

Nadal was far from his scintillating best in his second match on Centre Court on Thursday, but the record 22-time men's Grand Slam champion came through after conceding the third set.

Former top-50 player Berankis brought up the first break point in the fifth game - but he was punished for his failure to capitalise when Nadal claimed the opening set on the Lithuanian's serve.

Bidding to reach the Wimbledon third round for the first time, Berankis responded early in the second set, holding off two break points to consolidate his advantage for a 3-1 lead.

That sparked Nadal into action, with the world number four winning five of the following six games and clinching his fourth set point to close in on victory.

Berankis forced a fourth set as he impressively held serve after breaking in the opening game of the third.

But after rain forced a short delay as the roof was closed, Nadal, by then a break to the good, returned to serve out a 16th successive win in Grand Slam matches.

The Spanish great will continue his bid to become just the sixth player to win a calendar Slam - and the first man to do so since Rod Laver in 1969 - against Sonego on Saturday.

Because of rain on Thursday, two men's second-round matches are yet to be completed.

American Jack Sock leads compatriot Maxime Cressy 6-4 6-4, while Australia's Jason Kubler was on the verge of victory before the rain began to fall - leading Dennis Novak 6-3 6-4 5-4.

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