Drake might like rapping about trophies, but he’s not helping anyone win them. 19-year-old Australian wunderkind Nick Kyrgios achieved the upset of Wimbledon yesterday by claiming an astonishing four set victory over world tennis number one Rafael Nadal, and he probably did it by specifically NOT listening to Drake before the match.
As the youngest player in the tournament and the first player ranked outside of the top 100 to defeat a world number one in over 20 years, Kyrgios now advances to the quarter finals, but earlier in the tournament it wasn’t all going as smoothly.
In a previous match Kyrgios lost his first set to the Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely, blaming his poor performance in that initial set on the music that he listened to before the match. Specifically, on Drake.
“I came out really flat,” he said after the match, according to Complex. “So hopefully I won’t listen to that again! It was actually Drake. Didn’t do the job for me.”
Whatever bad vibes were running through him Kyrgios managed to pull it together and, judging by the scoreline of his Nadal victory, probably adjusted his iTunes library accordingly.
Kyrgios’ music tastes don’t vary too widely, according to his ATP World Tour profile. He “listens to a variety of music but specifically likes Lil Wayne and Rihanna“, apparently. Maybe Take A Bow got him pumped.
He now faces eighth seeded Canadian — and Drake’s compatriot — Milos Raonic.
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Watch: Nick Kyrgios hits ‘shot of the year’ v Nadal – Wimbledon 2014