Tears, jeers as Nadal, Kyr­gios crash in Shang­hai

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

A GRIM-FACED Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Shang­hai Masters yes­ter­day as Nick Kyr­gios de­parted to boos af­ter per­haps the most spec­tac­u­lar melt­down of his volatile ca­reer.

Nadal lost 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in the sec­ond round to Vik­tor Troicki, his first ever de­feat to the Serb and just the lat­est set­back for the fad­ing Span­ish great.

Chi­nese fans bran­dished pic­tures of Nadal – in­clud­ing one of him in his un­der­wear – but some were left in tears as the 14-time Grand Slam cham­pion was well beaten.

After­wards Nadal, now 30 and with a cat­a­logue of in­juries to his name, vowed to re­turn to top form by next sea­son, mainly by putting the zip back in his fore­hand and move­ment.

“I know what I have to do and I’m go­ing to do it,” scowled Nadal, who has dropped to fifth in the world af­ter a mis­fir­ing sea­son.

“I’ve got two-and-a-half months un­til next sea­son starts so I have got two-and-a-half months to put my­self at the level I want to be.

“And I’m con­fi­dent I’m go­ing to do it.”

Ear­lier, Aus­tralia’s Kyr­gios lashed out at fans and in­sisted “I don’t owe them any­thing” af­ter he was booed off court in tem­pes­tu­ous scenes at Shang­hai’s Grand­stand court.

The hot-headed world num­ber 14 clashed with the chair um­pire and a heck­ler and ad­mit­ted not try­ing af­ter he lost 6-3, 6-1 to Ger­man qual­i­fier Mis­cha Zverev, the world No. 110.

Kyr­gios was slapped with a code vi­o­la­tion for an au­di­ble ob­scen­ity and was warned to play prop­erly af­ter he pat­ted a child-like serve into his op­po­nent’s court.

He later ad­mit­ted “tak­ing the easy way out” af­ter he gave up on sev­eral points dur­ing the match, in­clud­ing one Zverev serve which he walked away from be­fore it had landed.

But when asked whether he could un­der­stand why fans were up­set, he shot back: “Not at all.

“I feel like if they knew what they were talk­ing about they’d be on the ten­nis court and be­ing suc­cess­ful, as well.

“No, I can’t re­ally un­der­stand it at all. They don’t know what I’m go­ing through.”

Kyr­gios added: “I’m good at hit­ting a ten­nis ball at the net. Like, big deal. I don’t owe them any­thing. It’s like it’s my choice,” he said.

“If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come watch. Just leave. If you’re so good at giv­ing ad­vice and so good at ten­nis, why aren’t you as good as me? Why aren’t you on the tour?”

Kyr­gios is known for his poor be­hav­iour on court. Last year he re­ceived a sus­pended one-month ban for mak­ing a lewd and per­sonal com­ment dur­ing a match with Stan Wawrinka.

Wawrinka, by con­trast, had lit­tle trou­ble as the US Open cham­pion mas­tered Bri­tain’s Kyle Ed­mund 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round.

Canada’s Mi­los Raonic beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-2, 6-4, but Czech sev­enth seed To­mas Berdych tum­bled 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/1) to Mar­cel Gra­nollers.

David Gof­fin beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 7-6 (7/0) and Gilles Si­mon ended Chi­nese hopes when he beat wild­card Wu Di 6-2, 6-2. – AFP

Rafael Nadal of Spain wav­ing to the fans af­ter the men’s sin­gles match against Vik­tor Troicki of Ser­bia at the Shang­hai Masters ten­nis tour­na­ment in Shang­hai yes­ter­day. –

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