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Daily Drops: Rafael Nadal and Coco Gauff love-in continues, and Nick Kyrgios can't help himself

In Daily Drops today: The Rafael Nadal and Coco Gauff love-in continues, Nick Kyrgios can't get through a day without an argument, and someone takes underarm serving to the next level.
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In Daily Drops today: The Rafael Nadal and Coco Gauff love-in continues, Nick Kyrgios can't get through a day without an argument, and someone takes underarm serving to the next level.

Rafael Nadal and Coco Gauff at it again

Coco Gauff said Rafael Nadal was 'her favourite person in tennis' this week.

Nadal responded by saying about Gauff: “If she's able just to improve a little bit with this physical performance that she has, probably we'll talk about the player that she will be: multi-Grand Slam winner.”

When a journalist told her about the comments, she went into Rafa fan-girl mode once again.

“Yeah, I see him all the time in the players area. He's really nice. I always get intimidated by him just 'cause he's Rafa,” she explained.

“He's one of these players. We see these players all the time, we see each other every week, but he's one of the those players on tour that you get star-struck every time.

"Same with Nole [Novak Djokovic], Roger [Federer]. Even Serena and Venus [Williams] to this day, I still get starstruck. Hearing that from him is pretty cool and I hope I can live up to that.”

Kyrgios argues with journalist

Nick Kyrgios looked dialled in during his dominant win over Filip Krajinovic on Thursday in a match that was noticeably devoid of any on-court altercations.

However, he still struggled to get through the day without arguing with someone, as a female journalist discovered in the post-match press conference.

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She asked him about his controversial first-round match against Paul Jubb, in which he spat in the direction of supporters. It didn't go down well.

"Why would you be asking me a question about two days ago?" Kyrgios asked her. "Is it because you have no story for today?

"I played Filip Krajinovic today. Do you not want to know how I played today?"

The journalist told him she was interested due to the ATP investigation into the incident, to which Kyrgios replied: "OK, are you investigating me personally? Why do you care?"

Bublik goes next level

Nick Kyrgios is seen as perhaps the greatest advocate of the underarm serve, but he may have to move over.

Alexander Bublik lost to Frances Tiafoe in the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday, but he made sure he caused a bit of stir doing it.

The Kazakhstani served SIX underarm serves - all in the same game, and he couldn't even get half of them in play.

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