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Nick Kyrgios threatened by famous rapper Drake

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Drake had some tough word for Kyrgios  (©GettyImages)
Drake had some tough word for Kyrgios (©GettyImages).

Nick Kyrgios shocked the world with his underdog exploits at Wimbledon, but one man who is unimpressed with the teenage sensation is Canadian rapper Drake.

Kyrgios was the unfancied wildcard entrant at SW19, but he saved nine match points against 13th seed Richard Gasquet to eventually win in round two and then defeated Jiri Vesely in the third round to set up a blockbuster match with 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Breakthrough

Everybody expected two-time Wimbledon winner Nadal to triumph, however Kyrgios, with some huge hitting off serves in particular, defied his ranking outside the top 100 and won in four sets on Centre Court.

It was a breakthrough moment for the young star who is now ranked 66th - he started from the bottom, but look where he is now. 

The quarter-finals, however,  proved too tough to negotiate. The 19-year-old had to take stock and consider; hold on I'm going home, as Milos Raonic - another Canadian - reached his first Grand Slam semi-final with a four set win. 

Drake beef

Kyrgios says he reached the last-eight despite Drake's apparent lack of motivation, citing his music as the reason for his close-call against Vesely in round three: "I came out really flat, so hopefully I won’t listen to that again! It was actually Drake. Didn’t do the job for me." 

News of Kyrgios' comments clearly reached Drake, however, who then had some strong comments for the tall hitter. 

"I also want to meet this guy that says that he lost because he listened to my music," the rapper said. "I also want to meet that guy and look him in the eye and see exactly who he is as a man and size him up and then chop him right down.

"Nick whatever-his-name-is — 'cause he didn't win, so that's how he's going to be remembered: "Nick whatever-his-name-is."

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Feud

Drake - real name Aubrey Graham - probably isn't one to be messed with considering his 15 million-strong following on Twitter. The 27-year-old has released three albums, all of which have gone Platinum, they've also all got to number one in the album charts of the US and Canada, though never in the United Kingdom. 

The rapper has had many a feud in his time too with well known stars such as Jay-Z and Chris Brown.

Future

For now, Kyrgios would be better advised to take care, switch off Drake and focus on continuing to climb the rankings. His breakthrough can be consolidated on the hard courts of America next month at the US Open and Masters 1000 tournaments where he will hope to claim more scalps.

He could have a new coach by that time too. Following his Wimbledon exploits, the Melbourne-born youngster split with long-term coach Simon Rea. High-profile names have already thrown their hat into the ring in order to fill the vacancy, including former champion Pat Cash. 

Kyrgios has never won a match at Flushing Meadows, so a new coach is a necessity. He'll hope to have had more glory by the time his local Australian Open comes around. He won the Slam as a junior and will hope to take the success to the senior event. 

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