Plenty of Dramatics as Nadal Tops Kyrgios at Wimbledon (Video)

first_imgWIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Rafael Nadal was up near the Centre Court net when Nick Kyrgios smacked a booming forehand directly at the guy’s midsection — right at him, on purpose — and earned a lengthy staredown in return.Kyrgios didn’t apologize, at the time or at his news conference — for that or for berating the chair umpire or for spending time at a local pub the night before the match.Rarely does Kyrgios offer regrets, for much of anything. Instead, he tends to double down. He is nothing if not fascinating. He is talented, too. And yet it was Nadal who emerged from all of the tumult Thursday at Wimbledon to beat Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in a second-round match boasting plenty of dramatics, a dose of animosity and delightful play by both men.“I’m always willing to go out there and try and put on a show. I know people that bought a ticket today probably had a great day,” said Kyrgios, a 24-year-old Australian who is ranked 43rd. “At times today, I was looking around: This is Wimbledon, playing Rafa. … But I’ll probably wake up tomorrow (and) there will be something negative about it, for sure.”Australia’s Nick Kyrgios falls on court after playing a shot back to Spain’s Rafael Nadal in a Men’s singles match during day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Kyrgios is capable of being as entertaining and befuddling a player as there is and showed why throughout this 3-hour-plus contest that overshadowed everything else going on around the grass-court Grand Slam tournament on Day 4.Defending champion Angelique Kerber was upset by Lauren Davis, an American who lost in qualifying but got into the main draw when someone else withdrew. Seven-time champion Serena Williams needed a comeback to win in three sets against an 18-year-old qualifier.Williams’ partner for mixed doubles, two-time Wimbledon singles winner Andy Murray, won his first-round match in men’s doubles as he returned to the tournament for the first time in two years following two hip operations. Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up and a fan favorite, played what he says will be the last match of his career. Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion and a 2017 Wimbledon finalist, lost, too.None of that really mattered, in the end.Everything was rendered secondary to Nadal vs. Kyrgios.Part of that is because a 19-year-old Kyrgios beat then-No. 1 Nadal at the All England Club in 2014.Part of that is because they traded barbs away from the court recently in a spat that also involved Nadal’s uncle, Toni.Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts after winning a point against Spain’s Rafael Nadal in a Men’s singles match during day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)In the leadup to this meeting, Kyrgios joked that he didn’t think “me and Rafa could go down to the Dog & Fox and have a beer together,” referring to a nearby bar where Kyrgios was spotted Wednesday night. The 33-year-old Nadal, meanwhile, observed that he was “too old for all this stuff.”They could hardly be more different, something Kyrgios underlined after he lost despite producing a 58-44 advantage in winners, including 29 aces — one a second serve at a tournament-high 143 mph and a pair that he hit with an underarm motion.These two couldn’t even agree on whether Kyrgios is capable of winning major championships.Nadal’s take? “With his talent and with his serve, he can win a Grand Slam, of course.”And Kyrgios’ self-assessment? “I know what I’m capable of. Just depends. I’m a great tennis player, but I don’t do the other stuff. I’m not the most professional guy. I won’t train day in, day out. I won’t show up every day. So there’s a lot of things I need to improve on to get to that level that Rafa brings. … But, no, at the moment I don’t think I can contend for a Grand Slam.”He is ranked 43rd, and hasn’t been past the quarterfinals at a major. But against Nadal, he displayed boundless power, guile, touch and athleticism.Kyrgios, his shirt collared popped just so, seemed to act at times as if it were more important to look cool than to play well. The between-the-leg shots, the unnecessary leaping backhands and all the rest. On the initial point of the pivotal fourth-set tiebreaker, he jumped high for a showy overhead instead of making a safer putaway. The result? He deposited his shot ball in the net, then rolled his eyes and chucked away a ball. Soon, the match was over.Much earlier, he had several loud arguments with chair umpire Damien Dumusois, complaining about all sorts of things, including how long Nadal took between points and whether the official was seeking too much attention. During the match, Kyrgios earned a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct after calling Dumusois a “disgrace.” At his news conference, Kyrgios’ insults of choice were “horrendous” and “terrible.”In the third set, there was that “dangerous” ball — Nadal’s word — he sent toward the Spaniard, who blocked it with his racket at the last second. Perhaps startled, Nadal double-faulted on the next point. But he wound up holding serve, then celebrating like he’d won the match, leaping and yelling and punching the air. When he eventually did seal the victory, Nadal wagged a finger and shouted and fist-pumped some more.Asked by a reporter why he didn’t say sorry at the time, Kyrgios replied: “I didn’t hit him. Hit his racket, no? Why would I apologize? I won the point. … I mean, the dude has got how many Slams, how much money in the bank account? I think he can take a ball to the chest, bro.”___By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

GrammaTech: protecting security-sensitive software from Spectre

first_img Continue Reading Previous SEGGER introduces emWeb portable web serverNext AAEON: COM Express type 10 module powered by 7th gen Intel Core U GrammaTech announced that mitigation against Spectre attacks has been added to GrammaTech’s Cyber Hardening Services for Intel and AMD processors, with support for ARM in development. This service allows legacy applications to be protected from branch target injection attacks without having to recompile the application.This became an overnight necessity for cybersecurity practitioners that are concerned about Spectre, the recently announced security vulnerability in modern processors that can be leveraged to leak confidential information. The cyber community has been scrambling to make patches available for popular compilers to mitigate the attack. However, recompiling application or system firmware source code is not always an option in IoT, Defense, Consumer, Medical and Industrial systems. This leaves these systems vulnerable to exploits that leak information such as personal data, passwords or other confidential information from otherwise error-free applications.Through GrammaTech’s Cyber Hardening Services, practitioners can protect critical applications and libraries from Spectre attacks. This service uses binary analysis to determine vulnerable locations in the code, then transforms the original application binary by adding mitigation code to these locations. The mitigation code follows the ‘retpolines’ approach published by Google.Cyber professionals with legacy applications who need to ensure their information remains safe and need a quick turnaround – but are unable to modify source code – can benefit immediately from this technology. To ensure your applications remain safe, contact GrammaTech for more information on Cyber Hardening Services.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging war

first_imgVirat Kohli has promised not to go out looking for trouble but in the same breath he added the Indian team will retaliate if Australia play dirty down under starting this month.India leave for Australia to play a three-match T20I series starting November 21 before the four-Test series gets underway from December 6. Three ODIs are scheduled to be played in January.India and Australia have had some bitter verbal jousts over the years. The past two Test series in particular have been acrimonious with Steve Smith’s decision to look at the Australian dressing room for help with the DRS in the Bengaluru Test drawing the ire of the Indian players.Even as Smith apologised for his brain freeze, Kohli later told the media that was not the only time he had tried to cheat. By the the end of the four-match series, relations between Kohli and some of the Australian players were soured up – the Indian captain even said he would not want to be friends with a few Aussie cricketers again.Also read – Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain?However, there has since been a transition in the Australian cricket culture. Smith and David Warner were banned for a year over their roles in the infamous ball-tampering scandal. Australian cricketers under new Test captain Tim Paine are now expected to play with a smile and be nice boys on the field.Several ex-Australian cricketers feel Paine’s team is going too far with the good boy image; instead, the focus, they said, has to be on winning games fair and square.advertisementKohli has never got on well with Smith – both men are fiercely competitive and rank among the best batsmen of their generation. It remains to be seen how Paine manages his team against India. By some accounts, the Australian team was not all that friendly during their two Test matches against Pakistan recently and Kohli has vowed to give it back if the Australians are mean again.Also watch – It’s a joy to watch Virat Kohli: Sachin Tendulkar”When it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field, I have been completely okay playing without an altercation. I have enough belief in my abilities.. those were very immature things I used to feed on when I was younger,” Kohli said at India’s pre-departure press conference. “Now being captain of the team, you do not have time to think of anything else apart from what the team needs.”Kohli claimed the Indian team never starts a sledging game and his players only fight back when they are provoked.”We were always the ones giving it back. As long as it does not start, we will not go out looking for anything but we will reciprocate.Also Read – You don’t decide if India is best travelling side in the world: COA tells Ravi Shastri”I know from the management point of view, things are explained of what the team needs. As long as it does not start, we are okay with it. In our own minds, we have to be competitive and not let our focus drop.”But verbal battles will be the least of Kohli’s troubles in Australia especially during the Test matches. India have lost successive away Test series in South Africa and England despite the captain’s sensational run. He now expects his batsmen to stand up and deliver in a phase when the bowlers are doing so well.Also read – Steve Waugh ‘not sure’ if current Indian team is better than the ones he played againstKohli is also happy with the fitness level of his team. He said there was a marked difference between this team and the one that toured Australia four years ago – that has been possible only because of the skipper’s no-tolerance policy for unfit athletes in his squad. Today, Kohli is waiting to reap the rewards.”I definitely believe our fitness levels are up: which is the most important thing in Australia because pitches can sometimes become very boring there,” said Kohli who went on exemplify the good work of some of South Africa’s pacers down under over the years.Also watch – BCCI’s demand ahead of Australia tour: No beef on menuKohli said he had enough confidence his bowlers could do something similar.”We are always feeling good about the fact that we have a good bowling attack but our batsmen have to step up as well. That is something we spoke about after the England tour. Our focus will be more on how the batsmen bat togther. Our bowlers are in the space and after a long time, we will we can pick 20 wickets in a game,” he said.advertisementAlso watch –last_img read more