Nick Kyrgios lacks respect for the public, opponent and for himself: Rafael Nadal

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first_imgTwo-time champion Rafael Nadal on Thursday slammed the controversial Nick Kyrgios for the Australian’s antics during their second round match at the Acapulco International in Mexico.Kyrgios came back from behind to defeat Nadal 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(6) in dramatic circumstances as he overcame a bout of nausea, a stiff back and saved three match points on the way to stunning the top-seeded Spaniard.But Nadal, who had won the tournament in 2005 and 2013, was not impressed with what he saw on court and criticised the world number 72 after the match.”He is a player with huge talent and could be winning Grand Slams or fighting for the number one ranking,” said Nadal. “But he lacks respect for the public, the opponent and for himself.”ok *NOW* this match has had everything… @AbiertoTelcel @NickKyrgiospic.twitter.com/VpQKXduX0VTennis TV (@TennisTV) February 28, 2019But Kyrgios brushed aside the criticism saying this is the way he plays and that every player is different.”I’m different, Rafa’s different. He can focus on what he needs to do. He doesn’t know the journey I have been on, he doesn’t know anything about me,” said Kyrgios.”I am not going to listen at all. That’s the way I play. The way he plays is very slow between points. I’ve got my game, he’s got his game. People are different, that’s the sport.”After dropping the first set, Kyrgios called for the trainer and said that he felt sick but would play on as he feared the media would “blow it up”.advertisementHe returned to the court for the second set and immediately looked a different player.At one stage a frustrated Nadal called for the crowd to quieten down, a request that received backing from Kyrgios, who screamed “shut up” together with an expletive, an outburst that brought him a warning from the umpire.After calling for the trainer again between the second and third sets due to a sore back, Kyrgios then saved five break points in the sixth game of the final set.He got out of jail again in the deciding tiebreak, particularly on the second match point when his volley caught the tape but toppled over and landed on the line.Kyrgios set up a quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrinka, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over seventh-seeded Steve Johnson in the hardcourt event at The Princess Mundo Imperial.Also Read | Nick Kyrgios saves three match points, beats Rafael Nadal in Acapulcolast_img

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