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  • Bernard Tomic has eclipsed the legendary Rod Laver with his 17th Davis Cup singles win for Australia (AAP)Source: AAP
By
David McPherson

21 Sep 2016 - 5:14 PM  UPDATED 21 Sep 2016 - 5:14 PM

1. Controversy takes a rest day too

The headline coming from Bernard Tomic’s Davis Cup rubber against world 123 Jozef Kovalik was the surprising lack of headlines.

Tomic let his tennis do the talking and kept his balls in play at Ken Rosewall arena, dispatching his Slovakian opponent 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4.

The win helped propel Australia to a world group return for the 2017 Davis Cup.

2. Andrej Martin gives Nick Kygrious a bloody noise

While Andrej Martin gave Nick Kyrgios a bloody nose, it definitely wasn’t in the figurative sense. The number 127 ranked Slovakian didn’t trouble a dominant Kyrgios as the Australian cruised to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Instead, the bloody nose received by Kyrgios was quite literally a nose bleed suffered during the third set.

The word number 15 had to pack tissues into his left nostril to staunch the flow, and lost his serve quickly after in what was his only hiccup of the match.

Kyrgios also took a shot at Novak Djokovic post-match, after the Serbian number one was criticised for taking a medical time out to have his toes taped in the US Open final.  

"I'm not like trying to do a Novak at the US Open," Kyrgios said, in reference to the treatment he received.

3. The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long 

While Nick Kyrgios has definitely burned brightly in his time in the sport, he also may not be around for too much longer. That is if you take him at his word.

Kyrgios reiterated his desire after the first Davis Cup rubber to leave tennis to pursue a basketball career, saying that he only wants to play tennis for another four to five years.

The statement came after the controversial Australian recently tweeted that he would have never been seen again if he had won the recent US Open.

Kyrgios frequently plays down his passion for the sport, even tweeting that he had been playing more Pokemon Go than tennis in July.