Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Nadal accuses Kyrgios of lacking respect after losing to him in Acapulco

Nadal accuses Kyrgios of lacking respect after losing to him in Acapulco

Roger Federer has gone in to bat for Nick Kyrgios over a controversial tactic he employed against Rafael Nadal.

Kyrgios overcame a bout of nausea to beat Nadal in a three-hour, three-set thriller, during which the Australian used a mix of typically audacious drop shots and brute power to win 3-6 7-6 (2) 7-6 (6).

However, 17-time major victor Nadal was furious with Kyrgios who at one stage complained of being sick, served underarm late in the match before cupping his ear to the boos of the crowd at the conclusion of the second round tie.

The 23-year-old claimed he was considering retiring after the first set because of nausea but carried on because he did not want to deal with the reaction.

The crowd was overwhelmingly behind Nadal, prompting Kyrgios to scream "shut the f-- up" in response to their boos during the second set.

Kyrgios would stave off a match-point from Nadal, and eventually, take the tiebreaker and the match.

In his post-match press conference, Nadal lashed out at Kyrgios saying: "He is a player who has ginormous talent".

Cape Town - Rafael Nadal was not a happy man after his loss against Nick Kyrgios at the Mexican Open, accusing the Australian of lacking "respect for the public, the rival and towards himself".

"I'm not going to take [the criticism] into consideration at all". Needless to say, the 11-time French Open victor was not impressed by this cheeky tactic.

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Kyrgios told the trainer he felt "sick" and had lower-back pain.

When Nadal's final shot landed out, Kyrgios immediately yelled out, and after a brief handshake, put his hand to his ear to encourage the boos from the disappointed fans. "The rule in the book says he has to pay to the speed of the server, but Rafa has his speed every time, so I'm not going to comment on him".

Kyrgios leveled his head-to-head record with Nadal at 3-3 and will play three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka for a place in the semifinals.

Criticised for a perceived lack of effort in some matches this year, Kyrgios stayed focused after giving up the opening set.

Kyrgios later confirmed that he was struck by a bout of food poisoning before the match.

"I had a good match against Seppi yesterday and I knew that if I won the match, I would most likely play against Rafa".

"I'm not going to comment on him, his game".

"It's the way I play".

"He's got his own game".

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