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Kyrgios hits boiling point and swears by his talent after thriller


Not sorry: Nick Kyrgios reacts during his tie with Kyle Edmund
Not sorry: Nick Kyrgios reacts during his tie with Kyle Edmund

By Jonathan Veal

Nick Kyrgios said he was not bothered the BBC had to apologise for his language during his win over Kyle Edmund at Queen's Club.

The Australian beat the British No.1 7-6 (7/3) 6-7 (5/7) 6-3, but ended the second round Fever-Tree Championships match by swearing at his player's box after missing a match point.

A number of obscenities were picked up by television microphones and the BBC commentator had to apologise to viewers.

Kyrgios has a long history of indiscipline on the court and this latest misdemeanour did not trouble him.

Asked about the fact the BBC had to apologise on air for his language, the Australian said: "Fine. I don't care."

When asked if outbursts like that were something he would like to keep under control, he replied to the journalist: "Do you swear? No, do you swear? Yes or no? Yes or no? Do you swear? Do you swear? Okay, great. Good question."

Kyrgios had been in a more amiable mood when he was discussing his win over Edmund, which followed up a win over Andy Murray 48 hours earlier.

It was largely down to his serving that he got the job done as he sent down a whopping 32 aces and faced just one break point.

He added: "I feel pretty good. I got a bit tight towards the end of the match, which is normal.

"I haven't played a lot of matches in the last couple of months. So, I mean, when I'm serving out a match, you know, we have been playing for a couple of hours and level has been pretty good. I got pretty tight.

"Yeah, apart from that, I'm always pretty relaxed and 32 aces helps."

Novak Djokovic swept into the Queen's Club quarter-finals and recorded his 799th career win with a 6-4 6-1 demolition of Grigor Dimitrov yesterday.

Djokovic needed only 65 minutes to crush World No.5 Dimitrov in the second round.

Meanwhile, Dan Evans will meet his friend Marcus Willis in the second round of Wimbledon pre-qualifying today after both won their respective matches.

The World No.340 built on his recent, encouraging form with a convincing 6-2 6-4 victory over Evan Hoyt in which he consistently held his serve. Willis overcame fellow Briton Patrick Foley by the same scoreline.

Evans will need to win a further five matches in the coming week if he is to reach Wimbledon and secure the £39,000 prize money awarded to those who play in the first round, but also knows he will have to do so at one of his friends' expense.

"It's good to win a first round - it's always difficult at a new tournament.

"No-one should feel hard done by playing here," he said. "It's three good matches before qualifying. When you look around, the facilities are better than most of these guys are used to playing.

"Especially for the British guys, it's a great opportunity to earn some prize money.

"I'm playing well. It's difficult to get going again but I played well, and my body feels good.

"(I feel) happiness to be back playing; happy to be out there fighting against some of the other British guys."

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