Nick Kyrgios and Fernando Verdasco have been involved in a Twitter spat after the Spaniard's victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open.
Verdasco overcame Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in a tense third-round tussle, which included a heated exchange between the pair about the conduct of the Australian qualifier's father during the match.
During the almost three-hour showdown, Kyrgios tweeted: "I hope TK wins this match, Verdasco is the saltiest dude, must be frustrated at his past success against Aussies."
The tweet was deleted after Kokkinakis, who won a deciding tiebreaker to knock world number one Roger Federer out of the Masters 1000 event in the second round, was unable to get over the line against Verdasco.
Verdasco later responded to Kyrgios on Twitter, questioning the Australian's "courage" to delete the tweet.
Kyrgios replied in kind, explaining why he deleted the tweet and highlighting he had been blocked by Verdasco.
Midway through the third set of the round of 32 clash, Kokkinakis took exception to the 31st seed disrupting him during his service motion and complained to the chair umpire at the change of ends.
Verdasco countered that a person behind him in the crowd, who he thought was Kokkinakis' coach, was constantly talking and disrupting him during his first and second serve.
After a lengthy row, Verdasco said to Kokkinakis: "I'm not trying to disrespect you, I'm not talking about you, I'm talking about the guy in the crowd."
When Kokkinakis identified that it was his father who Verdasco was referring to, he replied: "That is affecting me. That's my f***ing dad."
Verdasco rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third set and again from 3-0 down in the tiebreaker.
After the match, the pair engaged in a frosty handshake.
It was much smoother on court for 17th seed Kyrgios, who cruised to a routine 6-3, 6-3 win over 15th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini, requiring just 66 minutes to progress.
Kyrgios will meet fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the round of 16.
Hit or miss? Cult movie Blade Runners vision of everyday tech in 2019
Cult film Blade Runner was set in the year 2019, which is only days away, causing many on social med..
Cult film Blade Runner was set in the year 2019, which is only days away, causing many on social media to freak out at the idea that were almost living in the future thats created in the iconic dystopian movie.
Although the popular film came out 36 years ago, the fact that it was set in 2019 is proving surreal for many fans, especially given that we are a long way off from reaching some of the technological advances promised in the film.
2019 is the year Blade Runner was set in. pic.twitter.com/kaq3fbNlS0
— David Hood (@Thoughtfulnz) December 16, 2018
2019 is just gonna be a bunch of nerds dressing up like Blade Runner and Killjoys
— Watching Venus (@WatchingVenus) December 16, 2018
Well, it's 2019 in a few weeks and Blade Runner didn't get it right. 10 more years until we're in Terminator territory and it's looking more and more likely that's gonna be the movie that nailed it
— Matt! (@brightloud) December 15, 2018
The realization that we are so close to reaching the year the fictional film is set in has hit people pretty hard, with some expressing disbelief that it could be 2019 already.
A lot of people wondered whether wed all be expected to start donning the unusual fashion choices seen in the film, come January. (more…)
BBC seeks to prove Moscow link to Yellow Vest protests – leaked messages suggest
The BBC is desperate in its quest to find the dreaded Kremlin hand behind the French protests, messa..
The BBC is desperate in its quest to find the dreaded Kremlin hand behind the French protests, messages obtained by Russian media indicate. They reveal attempts by one of its journalists to find any trace of Russian involvement.
A series of screenshots, purporting to show a conversation between BBC Russia journalist Olga Ivshina and a stringer working in France, was published by RIA Novosti on Sunday.
In it, the journalist first asks about Moscows general involvement in the protests, but the stringer replied that no Russians were actually seen during the demonstrations. Ivshina, however, did not give up, since uncovering even the slightest Russian involvement would apparently do the trick. The journalist was bursting with ideas, one of the screenshots suggests.
“And maybe some Russian business is making big bucks on it?”
“Maybe they are eating cutlets out there en masse, for example?”
“Or maybe the far-right are the main troublemakers?”
The reluctance of the stringer to embark on the Russian link-finding quest made Ivshina reveal that the obsession was not her own, but rather was a part of the editorial policy.
“Yes, Im searching for the angles))) The editorial board wants blood, yo)))” – another screengrab reads.
When asked to comment, the BBC told RT it was “perfectly reasonable for our correspondent to raise the subject” of alleged Russian involvement. The broadcaster also pointed out that Ivshinas reporting did not actually mention a “possible connection with Russia at all.”
The report on the questionable practices of the BBC has caught the eye of Russias Foreign Ministry, which vowed to raise the issue with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). As well as this, the ministrys spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called on the British public to go and judge for themselves the actions of the broadcaster. (more…)
German cyber watchdog says no evidence that Huawei spies
Germanys cyber security authority says claims that Huawei is spying on customers are not backed up b..
Germanys cyber security authority says claims that Huawei is spying on customers are not backed up by evidence and has urged caution before boycotting the Chinese telecommunications giant.
“For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof,” head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) Arne Schoenbohm told Spiegel.
Huawei is accused of having ties to Chinese intelligence, and countries like the US, Australia and New Zealand have recently blocked it from being part of building their 5G internet networks.
According to Der Spiegel, the US is pressuring other countries like Germany to do the same.
In March, Schoenbohm told telecommunications company Telekom there were “currently no reliable findings” to back up US security agencies warnings about Huawei. Germany's main mobile network operators, Vodafone, Telekom and Telefónica all use Huawei infrastructure technology.
BSI has examined Huawei products and visited its safety lab in Bonn, and Schoenbohm says there is no evidence that the firm uses its equipment to spy.
Huawei also denies the accusation. “We've never been asked to install a backdoor for espionage anywhere, there's no law that forces us to do it, we never did it, and we never will,” a company spokesperson for said.
Huawei is the worlds second biggest maker of smartphones and intelligence agencies claim its presence in western markets poses a security threat. (more…)
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