I lost motivation after grandfather died, says emotional Kyrgios

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Meanwhile, Kyrgios brushed off his spectacular racquet demolition, insisting that was part of the whole package — like it or not.“I don’t know if that’s the best role model you want,” he said.“But I’m not trying to show anybody my frustration. I just do it for myself. I’ve been doing it my whole career. It’s just a habit now.”Anderson, meanwhile, said he was able to take advantage of Kyrgios’s meltdown to record his second win in two meetings with the Australian, having also come back from a set down to win in Chengdu, China last year.“I was in his head after winning that second set,” admitted Anderson.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “He was struggling with his own battles, I didn’t give him a way to get back in the match. So it’s something that I knew I needed to do, and I thought I was able to execute that very well today.”Anderson, ranked at 56 in the world, made the most of the 18th-seeded Australian’s 42 unforced errors to progress to the third round where he will face Britain’s Kyle Edmund.Anderson has gone as far as the fourth round in Paris in 2013 and 2014.“I feel like each week I’m playing better and better tennis,” said the South African.“My body feels really strong and healthy, which is the biggest focus.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Murray, Del Potro set up French Open blockbuster MOST READ Australia’s Nick Kyrgios returns the ball to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 1, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONAustralian firebrand Nick Kyrgios admitted that the death of his beloved grandfather made him fall out of love with tennis.The 22-year-old, who tumbled out of the French Open on Thursday, losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa, was on the brink of tears when asked to recall memories of Christos Kyrgios who passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak The family tragedy forced Kyrgios to dash back home, cancelling the start of his claycourt season in Estoril before jetting pack to Europe in the build-up to Roland Garros.“After my grandpa’s passing, I just lost a lot of motivation to do anything really,” said Kyrgios whose frustration boiled over as he slid to defeat, smashing a racquet on a courtside chair and picking up a penalty point for his troubles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWhen he was asked to talk about his relationship with his grandfather Kyrgios was on the verge of tears and called a swift halt to his press conference.“It was tough back home. I can’t talk about it, I can’t,” he said. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

Andy Halliday returns to score only goal as Rangers beat Raith Rovers

first_imgAfter hitting 19 goals in the space of four games the Ibrox men had gone slightly off the boil last week despite eventually managing two more wins over Morton and Falkirk.But they looked more assured during a dominant first half in Kirkcaldy, with the only surprise the fact it took them a minute until half-time to find the opener.Martyn Waghorn produced their first attempt early on as he drove in from the right but failed to beat Kevin Cuthbert.Toshney then lunged in on Miller just outside the Fifers’ box after 28 minutes to hand the visitors a free-kick chance. They were denied again though as Halliday’s shot clipped a stray thigh on the way through before rebounding off the post.Waghorn lashed a loose ball over the top but Mark Warburton’s team did not relent and got the breakthrough 44 minutes in.Kenny Miller slotted in James Tavernier with a cute reverse pass as the right-back went on the overlap and his cross was perfect for Halliday to tuck home.Rangers were nowhere near as slick following the interval and Rovers thought they had a quick-fire response just seconds after the break. Wes Foderingham, though, was down to smother Louis Longridge’s clever flick.Gers were relieved to see on-loan Leicester forward Harry Panayiotou’s goal ruled out after a foul on substitute Shiels in the build-up.O’Halloran was thrown on midway through the half but even with his added pace Rangers failed to assert themselves.Fellow January signing Harry Forrester was also given a run out but the best he could do was to drag a stoppage-time shot wide of Cuthbert’s goal.Copyright of Press Association 2016. After a month of on-off transfer speculation Michael O’Halloran was made to wait a little longer for his Gers debut as he was named on the bench.He was given his introduction with 26 minutes left but the former St Johnstone man struggled to make an impact just 24 hours after sealing his #500,000 move from Perth.Halliday, though, was back from his one-match ban in a more advanced role than his normal defensive-midfield slot as he partnered playmaker Gedion Zelalem, who was also included as Dean Shiels and Nicky Law dropped out.Rovers, meanwhile, brought former Celtic youngster Lewis Toshney into their defence. It was handshakes all round for Rangers as Andy Halliday returned from suspension to fire the winner in a narrow 1-0 win over Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park.The 25-year-old slotted home the only goal of the game in Fife late in the first half as the Light Blues maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship.But Halliday took no chances with his celebrations after last week’s controversial sending off at Morton.He was handed a harsh second yellow card for aiming a fist pump at the home support at Cappielow after Barrie McKay scored in a 2-0 win but this time bit his lip before exchanging some ironic handshakes with his colleagues.last_img read more