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Rising star Nick Kyrgios turns 22 today. Known for his pure talent as well as controversial behaviour, the 22-year-old is establishing himself as a formidable force in the world of tennis. He has already scored 12 wins over top-10 players, including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. To celebrate his birthday, below are six things you may not know about the world No.16.

 

1) His mother is linked to the Malaysian royal family

Kyrgios was born on April 27th, 1995 in Canberra, Australia. He has a Greek father called George and Malaysian mother called Norlaila (Nill). His mother was actually a princess until her twenties. She is a member of the Selangor royal family, but renounced her title when she moved to Australia.

“Family and friends always asked if Nick would play in Malaysia when he was 16 or so and I said no,” Nill said in 2014 when her son played in Kuala Lumpur.
“But secretly I was hoping he would and I’m really happy, excited and proud now.
“I’ve invited all the royal side of my family to come over, I’m not sure if they will be there. All of my relatives are already waiting and cheering.”

2) Won 73% of matches played as a junior

During his teenage years, Kyrgios was a formidable force on the junior circuit. Out of the 144 singles matches he played, he won 105 of them. In 2013 he won the Australian Open boys title at the age of 16. The win elevated him to junior world No.1.

He also won the Wimbledon boys doubles titles two years in a row (2012 and 2013), becoming the third junior in history to do so.

3) He once said he preferred basketball to tennis

A somewhat controversial figure in tennis, the 22-year-old once said he preferred basketball to tennis. During his younger years, the Australian was a talented basketball player and continues to have a passion for the sport.

“I don’t really like the sport of tennis that much. I don’t love it. It was crazy when I was 14. I was all for basketball and I made the decision to play tennis. I got pushed by my parents and to this day I can still say I don’t love the sport,” he previously told British media.

4) First top-10 win was in a grand slam

Kyrgios achieved his first top-10 scalp at the age of 19 at the Wimbledon Championships. Facing top seed Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, 144th ranked Kyrgios shocked the Spaniard in four sets. At the time he became the first player ranked outside the top 100 to defeat a world No.1 in a grand slam since 1992.

“You’ve got to believe you can win the match from the start. I’ve been playing some incredible tennis on the grass. I didn’t know what to do when I won. I just turned to everyone who’s been supporting me my whole life. I love every single one of them. They get me over the line.” Kygios said about the win in 2014.

5) His Australian Open run to the quarter-final was a milestone

A five-set win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi at the 2015 Australian Open moved Kyrgios into a prestigious club. He is only the third Australian teenager to reach the quarter-finals of the men’s draw in Melbourne. Prior to him was Brad Drewett (1976) & Pat Cash (1982 and 1984).

6) He has hit 1771 aces on the ATP Tour

Known for his lightning serve on the tour, Kyrgios has produced 1771 aces in 1779 services he has played so far in his career. According to the ATP’s ‘serve rating,’ the Australian if the fourth most effective server on the men’s tour with a rating of 301.5. Only John Isner, Ivo Karlovic and Milos Raonic have performed better than him.

How the serve rating is calculated – add the four service metrics percentages plus the average number of aces per match and subtract the average number of double faults per match.

Happy birthday Nick!!!

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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Ugo Humbert Pulls Off Tsitsipas Upset In Tokyo

Ugo Humbert stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Quarter-Finals at the Olympic Games.

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The Frenchman sent the Greek packing in a three-set battle that went over two hours on court.

 

Ugo Humbert booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic tournament after beating the world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes hitting 34 winners in the win while his opponent hit 37 unforced errors in the loss.

After both players held their opening service games it was the Greek with the first chance to break and at the second time of asking he broke to take an early 2-1 lead.

The world number 28 had two chances to break back the very next game but the number three seed saved both and consolidated the break before going up a double break the very next game.

Tsitsipas served out the first set and going into the second set it was a very tight affair with neither player budging on their service games as the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

That’s where the number 14 seed jumped out to an early lead and that lead was enough for him to take the second set and force a deciding third set.

There was a bit of a scary moment for the world number three when on set point he seemed to roll his ankle and took a medical timeout to get it treated.

It was clear the injury was affecting him during the third and final set as after both players again held their opening service games it was the Frenchman with three breakpoints and got the early break.

In the next game, the number three seed had a chance to break back on go back on serve but the world number 28 did a good job saving it and consolidating the break.

After consolidating the break the Frenchman smelled blood and sensed the match was his for the taking and broke the Greek for a second time to love and at 5-2 there was a long back and forth game that lasted over 10 minutes.

Humbert finally converted on his fourth match point to book his spot in the quarterfinals and a date with the Russian Karen Khachanov.

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