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Nick Kyrgios, the 20-year-old controversy-courting Australian, had quite an interesting match Monday at Wimbledon.

Facing Richard Gasquet in an eventual 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (8-6) win for the Frenchman, Kyrgios received a code violation for swearing in the second set ... then proceeded to do the following:


Kyrgios went on to vehemently deny that he intentionally tanked the game, telling reporters, "Of course I tried."

That was just part of a heated exchange with journalists. As laid out by Sky Sports:

A reporter asked: "You didn't return the serves. It looked like you weren't trying, which is very unusual at Wimbledon."

Kyrgios: "Do you want to try to return Richard Gasquet's serve? I'll give you the racket and we'll see how many times you can return his serve."

Reporter: "You're a professional player -- I'm not."

Kyrgios: "He served too good."

Reporter: "You didn't even try to return it. You walked away from it. Can I get a proper explanation as to why you didn't return the serves? Not just a sort of mumbled ... one word."

Kyrgios: "How many aces did he hit that game? One? That game, did he hit one ace? Did he hit one ace?"

Reporter: "Is that an explanation? This is ridiculous."

Kyrgios could be fined $20,000 for the action.

It also wasn't Kyrgios' only odd behavior during the match. He also hugged a ball boy, because (via Sky): "I just felt like a hug, I guess. Everyone now and then wants a hug. It hurts. I expected more out of myself. I feel like I've let people down."

You can see the hug at the 15-second mark here:


Finally, Kyrgios completed the odd trifecta by celebrating what looked like a winner ... only to have Gasquet return the shot and take the point.

Kyrgios is just 20, however, and received some advice from a once-fiery but now-maturing Andy Murray.

Said the Scot, who has mentored Kyrgios: "I'm sure, in the next few years, he'll start to maybe calm down a bit on the court and learn to use his emotions more positively, more often. Because when he uses his energy the right way, he plays some unbelievable tennis."

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Dudi Sela is listed at 5-foot-9. Ivo Karlovic is listed at 6-foot-11.

So when the latter beat the former in a second-round match at the ATP World Tour's Claro Open Colombia in Bogota, the gracious-in-defeat Sela decided to congratulate the victor appropriately:

Said Karlovic, to the ATP World Tour's website: "After I won, I was going to the net to have a handshake and then I look at him and he's going back to get a chair. I didn't know what he was going to do and then he arrives and he gives me a hug, which was unbelievable and hilarious. Obviously he needed a hug, so I hugged him back."

And Sela: "We're good friends and I really like him, he's a very nice guy. I always wanted to hug him, but I didn't have the chance, and today I think was a good moment. I saw the chair and I thought it would be nice to finish the match like this with a hug, so the crowd will see it's OK."

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Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka will face off in the finals of the men's singles bracket at the Australian Open, after a somewhat anticlimactic semifinal between Nadal and Roger Federer. Between the two of them, they've got five Australian Open titles, along with a bevy of other major wins. Where are they among the all-time leaders? Take our quiz!

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