Djokovic upbeat over improving form at Wimbledon

Wim Aust Kyrgios

A meltdown in the opening set - which he lost in just 16 minutes, sparking accusations of tanking - set the tone for Kyrgios and although he showed plenty of grit to fight back from a break down in the second to force a tiebreaker, he was no match for the World No.28, a man he is yet to beat.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said the way Kyrgios had his explosive serve working in tune-up events meant he was capable of going deeper than ever before. Controversial behaviour and none of the talent of which we know he is capable.

De Minaur was next to exit as a ruthless Rafael Nadal roared to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory on centre court.

"To play on Centre Court against Rafa, that's something that I will remember forever", said De Minaur, whose ranking has shot up nearly 130 spots since the start of the year. I was feeling physically really, really good. The Latvian is also a former Grand Slam semifinalist and was once ranked as high as 10th in the world.

This isn't a slight on Kyrgios, it's just his reality.

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It took Nishikori four match points to seal the win, having gone 40-0 up on the Kyrgios serve before being pegged back to deuce, when he fashioned a fine lob over the Australian.

The disappointing loss comes just one day after former women's champion Marion Bartoli blasted Kyrgios and fellow hot-headed player France's Gael Monfils for their "pathetic" attitudes and work ethics that "just not good enough to win a grand slam".

Kerber stormed into the lead in a quick first set by breaking Osaka's initial serve and holding her own to love, followed by another break shortly afterward. The Japanese star has had the wood over Kyrgios for his entire career, and he was in the Canberra product's head even before they stepped onto the court, with the young gun describing him as a "nightmare". "I was trying to loosen up, I was pretty uptight". A lot of nerves. "I would prefer to play, like, a South American guy who's never played on grass before". I just kind of panicked. I'm, like, I just go through so many different patches in a game. I just struggled with a lot of things. "It wasn't working well for me first set", said Nishikori.

Gulbis felt that he could win the match: 'I saw that he was getting exhausted in the fifth set. I look like I don't care one minute, then the next minute I'm playing really well. But to suggest he's already a contender just isn't correct.

The 12-time grand slam champion, who has endured a hard 12 months due to an elbow injury, said he was nearing his best form once more.

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