Aussie Nick Kyr­gios booed in Shang­hai, Rafael Nadal loses

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Nick Kyr­gios looked com­pletely dis­en­gaged at the Shang­hai Mas­ters, like he couldn't get off the court fast enough. Rafael Nadal fought as hard as he could to pro­long his stay in China but came up short.

Both play­ers lost in the sec­ond round yes­ter­day, though the ef­fort they put forth couldn't have been more dif­fer­ent.

Kyr­gios was booed by the crowd and ad­mon­ished by the chair um­pire for his lack of pro­fes­sion­al­ism dur­ing a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Ger­man qual­i­fier Mis­cha Zverev.

The Aus­tralian floated in 67 mph (108 kph) first serves, went for aces on his sec­ond serves, and ar­gued with a fan.

Af­ter­ward, he de­fended his be­hav­ior by say­ing he didn't owe the spec­ta­tors any­thing and fans could “just leave” if they didn't like his at­ti­tude.

Nadal's late-sea­son strug­gles con­tin­ued as he fell to Vik­tor Troicki 6-3, 7-6 (3). The re­sult prompted the Spa­niard to con­tem­plate shut­ting his sea­son down early.

Also, Andy Mur­ray reached the third round by beat­ing Steve John­son 6-3, 6-2. U.S. Open cham­pion Stan Wawrinka and Mi­los Raonic also ad­vanced in straight sets.

Kyr­gios, seeded 12th, ar­rived in Shang­hai as one of the most in­form play­ers in the draw after win­ning his third ti­tle of the sea­son at last week's Ja­pan Open. But all the matches seemed to catch up to him against Zverev, a player ranked 110th in the world who had only won seven ATP Tour matches all sea­son.

At one point in the first set, Kyr­gios tapped a soft serve over the net and started walk­ing to­ward his chair be­fore Zverev had even re­turned the ball, draw­ing a re­buke from the chair um­pire dur­ing the changeover.

To­ward the end of the 48minute match, the crowd started boo­ing and jeering. One man yelled, “Re­spect the game,” prompt­ing a fu­ri­ous Kyr­gios to shout: “You want to come here and play?”

Asked af­ter­ward if he thought he owed the spec­ta­tors a bet­ter ef­fort, he turned de­fi­ant again.

Kyr­gios added that he is so tired from the lengthy sea­son, he wasn't in­ter­ested in chas­ing one of the last spots for the ATP fi­nals next month, ei­ther.

He later sounded apolo­getic on Twit­ter, say­ing, “Not good enough to­day on many lev­els, I'm bet­ter than that. I can go on about ex­cuses but there are none. Sorry.”

Mur­ray said after his match that he un­der­stands how Kyr­gios might have been feel­ing, but he still should have given his best ef­fort.

Nadal also has a chance to clinch a spot in the ATP fi­nals - he cur­rently sits in sev­enth po­si­tion for the eight-man field - but he was un­sure at this point if he wanted to pro­long his sea­son.

The fourth-seeded Nadal strug­gled to cre­ate depth and pace with his fore­hand, a prob­lem he at­trib­uted to the wrist in­jury that side­lined him for part of the sea­son.

His goal now is to be back in peak con­di­tion for the Aus­tralian Open at the start of the new year.

Other win­ners in­cluded 11thseeded David Gof­fin, 13thseeded Lu­cas Pouille, Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil. Seventh­seeded To­mas Berdych lost to Mar­cel Gra­nollers.

Nick Kyr­gios

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