The feisty rivalry between Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal began five years ago at Wimbledon when the then 19-year-old Australian beat the King of Clay, becoming the first male player outside the top 100 to defeat a world number one at a Grand Slam since 1992.
During their three hour epic Wimbledon encounter on Thursday night, Nick Kyrgios deliberately tried to hit Rafael Nadal with the ball and on one occasion, he came very close to hitting the Spaniard.
Aussie wild child Kyrgios has refused to apologise to Rafael Nadal saying he meant to hit him “square in the chest” with the ball during their fiery Wimbledon clash on Centre Court. The 24 year-old admitted that he has no remorse over the situation.
“Why would I apologise? I didn't hit him, I hit his racket, no? Why would I apologise? I won the point.”
“I mean, the dude has got how many Slams, and how much money in the bank account?”
"I think he can take a ball in the chest, bro. I’m not going to apologise to him at all.”
"Yeah, I was going for him. Yeah, I wanted to hit him square in the chest."
The 12-time French Open champion was desperately unimpressed with Nick Kyrgios, shooting a scornful look back at the Australian who did not raise the customary apologetic hand and warned the World No. 43 that his actions could have had graver consequences as he could have seriously hurt somebody.
"When he hits the ball like this, it is dangerous. It’s not dangerous for me, it is dangerous for a line referee, dangerous for the crowd."
"I know when you hit this kind of ball, the ball can go anywhere. This time the ball went in, almost hit me, no problem. I am a professional, so I know how to avoid this."
"But another one, the ball goes straight to the back. That ball hits an eye or something like this, it is a problem."
In the end, the World No. 2 and two-time Wimbledon champion had the last laugh stunning Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3) in the second round Centre Court duel to advance to the third round.
The winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, Rafa Nadal will next face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.