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Australian attempts to end feud with rap star

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Nick Kyrgios has attempted to end a public row with American rap star Drake, after he took exception to his music being called “flat” by the Australian.

The disagreement between the two came about after the world number 66 spoke of a lack of motivation in his third round match at Wimbledon in June against Czech Jiri Vesely, which he won 3-3, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

Music blame

The 19-year-old blamed his slow start to the match on the music that he had been listening to by Drake before the match.

Kyrgios said after the match: “I came out really flat, so hopefully I won't listen to that again.
“It was actually Drake. Yeah. Didn't do the job for me."

Those comments made by the Wimbledon debutant did not sit well with Drake, who threatened to “chop him right down” if the pair were to come face to face.

“I also want to meet this guy that says that he lost because he listened to my music," he said at a press conference before the ESPYS, sports broadcaster ESPN’s annual awards show on Wednesday.

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

Kyrgios reaction

But Kyrgios has moved to calm the situation before the dispute escalates any further, and he expressed on his Twitter page that he did not wish to cause controversy with his comments, stating he has no problems with Drake’s music.

He tweeted on Monday evening: “Let's be clear. I like @Drake - love his music, just said I was a little flat, ended up winning that match. No blame game here.”

Despite Drake not previously knowing of the Australian number three, it has been a whirlwind few weeks for Kyrgios, who was relatively unknown by casual tennis fans before appearing at SW19 this year.

Rise to fame

The wildcard advanced to the quarter-finals, and he made headlines around the world when beating then world number one and former champion Rafael Nadal 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, before losing in four sets to Canada’s Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals the following day.

As he was ranked at 144 in the world at the time, he became the third player to knock the Spaniard out of the tournament from outside the top 100 in the last three years, and the first teenager to beat a world number one at a Grand Slam since Nadal beat Roger Federer at the French Open in 2005.

Kyrgios’ recent run of form on grass, which also saw him win a challenger event in Nottingham before Wimbledon, has seen his world ranking rise by a staggering 78 places.

US Open qualification

Moving into the top 100 means that he will now qualify automatically for the final Grand Slam of the year at the US Open in New York, which begins at the end of August, in what will be his sixth Grand Slam tournament appearance.

Making it into the main draw without having to go through qualifying or be given a wildcard caps a monumental rise to fame for the former junior Australian Open champion, as he was ranked at 838 at the start of the 2013 season.

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