Nick Kyrgios was involved in another explosive match – during his defeat at the Miami Open, he smashed his racquet, berated the referee and was approached by a fan who wanted to take a selfie mid-match
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Nick Kyrgios was confronted by a court intruder who wanted a selfie during his Open Miami Loss to Jannick Sinner. The Australian was involved in another explosive match that included a tirade at the referee and racquet hits.
In the opening stages of the second set, the match was briefly halted when security guards removed the fan who was trying to get close to Kyrgios. The 26-year-old started the second set in the worst possible way, smashing his racquet and calling for a supervisor to come on.
As a result, Bernardes handed the former world No. 13 his second penalty of the game, meaning he lost the game and started the second set 1-0 and a collapse. Before that, however, the big server moaned about the difference in surface on the grandstand pitch where he played today compared to the main stadium pitch where he played his previous three games of the tournament.
After his outburst, the Australian received an audible profanity code violation early in the first set. His frustration continued to boil over in the first set tie-break and this marked his first penalty of the encounter, resulting in the loss of the next point.
Things then escalated as the ninth seedling won the first set 7-6 (3) after a double fault from Kyrigos at set point. The 26-year-old retired to his bench for the move and continued to yell at the referee to explain why he had received a violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The big server continued his tirade at the referee and also addressed his box. Kyrgios, who had lost a total of nine games to seeded opponents Andrey Rublev and Fabio Fognini in previous rounds, seemed keen for another quick start.
Sinner was forced to save a break point in two of his first three service games, but he held on in those moments, with neither player losing serve in the opening set. There were some encouraging passages from Kyrgios, including a series of volleys at one point that ended the sequence with a stunning drop volley.
In the final game of the match, he also hit an impressive forehand volley on the stretch against his opponent who was heading towards the net. But Sinner was the more consistent of the two players, especially with his groundstrokes, winning 7-6(3), 6-3.
His light power prevented Kyrgios from controlling the action and put pressure on him to make poor shot selections. “Today I raised my level a little,” said Sinner in his on-court interview. “I had to because he’s a very aggressive player, especially when he serves well. I’m very happy with my performance today.” In the quarterfinals he meets either Frances Tiafoe or Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.
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