AUSTRALIAN TENNIS star Nick Kyrgios has returned serve to world No.2 Rafael Nadal, after the pair’s on-court battle moved off-court.
In a post-match press conference Nadal accused Kyrgios of lacking “respect for the public, the opponent and himself”.
The comments came after the Aussie beat the Spaniard in a tight three-set match at the Mexican Open in Acapulco on Wednesday.
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The harsh words followed what appeared to be praise for Kyrgios.
“He is a player who has a huge talent could be winning Grand Slams,” Nadal started out, before slamming the hot-headed Aussie.
Kyrgios has now fought back, accusing the 17-time Grand Slam winner of not knowing anything about him.
“He doesn’t know the journey I’ve been through,” Kyrgios said.
“He doesn’t know anything about me so I’m not going to listen at all.”
“I’ve got my game; he’s got his own game. We played well – that’s the sport. People are different – I’m not going to take that into consideration at all.”
Kyrgios will now play three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka for a place in the semi-finals of the Mexican Open.