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

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

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

After the match, Kyrgios opened up to reporters, describing his tough run to finally putting together a string of solid results, having also waltzed past Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in straight sets.

With the win, Kyrgios moves to an impressive 3-3 in matches against Nadal.

Kyrgios said he was going to try to play "a few more games" and it proved to be the right choice, as he ended up putting the pressure on his famed opponent who couldn't expect what was coming to him.

True, Kyrgios once again sucked up all the available oxygen in this match, which had to be irritating, at best, to Nadal.

"He is a player who has huge talent, who could be winning Grand Slams or fighting for first position in the rankings", the 17-time Grand Slam champion told ESPN.

He will play Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals. "I'm just going to go back and work some more, practice some more and get ready for Indian Wells".

Kyrgios would stave off a match-point from Nadal, and eventually, take the tiebreaker and the match. Kyrgios more than made up for lost time as he toppled the tournament's top seed in an electric three-hour epic in signature Kyrgios fashion - with a welter of controversy.

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

Kyrgios, though, didn't back down when asked to respond to Nadal's comments.

Kyrgios was too good for Italian opponent Andreas Seppi, emerging victorious in his opener 6-3 7-5 in Acapulco on Tuesday.

Courtside microphones pick up an exchange between Kyrgios and the trainer where the former Aussie No. 1 was heard telling the physiotherapist that retiring was not an option for him because of the backlash it would create.

Roger Federer says he supports the use of the controversial underarm serve after Nick Kyrgios tried one in his win over Rafael Nadal. "I have my game".

"He's very slow in-between points", he said of Nadal.

'He played well, that's the sport, people are different so I'm not going to take it [Nadal's comments] into consideration at all'. "I am truly disappointed that I will not be able to defend my title", Del Potro said of the Masters 1000 event that starts on March 7.

"I'm different. Rafa's different".

Nadal, urged on by the partisan crowd, won the first set with relative ease.

"It's the way I play".

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