Kyrgios Melts Down, Evans Talks Shirts Wednesday at Aussie Open
by Jeremy Davis | January 18th, 2017, 9:07 am
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No. 14-seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios roamed every inch of his home stage in a complete meltdown performance on Wednesday at the Australian Open, failing to close out a 2-0 set lead in a 1-6, 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2, 10-8 loss to Italian Andreas Seppi in the second round.


Amidst Kyrgio’s greatest hits on the night were some trademark tanking, screaming at his players’ box, and in the end getting booed by the home crowd when it didn’t appear he was giving his best effort.

“Obviously it’s not the greatest thing to hear,” Kyrgios said of the jeers. “I didn’t have the best preparation coming into the Australian Open. Pretty banged up, my body. I don’t even know what the score was in the end. Was it 10-8? 10-8 in the fifth, getting booed off, definitely not the best feeling.”

Yelling at his players’ box in regard to his own conditioning — apparently that he did too much during the off-season — Kyrgios said in his post-match conference, “Poor management, I guess. It’s on me. Did a couple things in the off-season that I’m probably not going to do next time. My body’s not in good enough shape. You live and you learn…maybe just not play as much basketball. Actually take my pre-season seriously.”

Seemingly calm and determined through the first two sets, Kyrgios unraveled in the third when his body language changed and he ended the set by smashing a racquet and almost nicking a ball kid, leading to a code violation from the chair umpire and the beginning of the end. The loss led Kyrios to question his direction for 2017.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in the Top 100 without a coach except for me. That needs to change. Got to start taking it more seriously. Pre-season is an important part of the year. You build foundations for the rest of the year. Yeah, it’s on me.”

Joining Seppi in the upset circle were Brit Daniel Evans who faced down No. 7 Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, and German Mischa Zverev who likewise took apart another big-serving game, ousting No. 19 John Isner 6-7(4), 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(7), 9-7.

“I was a bit taken aback how hard he hit the ball,” Evans said of Cilic. “So, yeah, had to sort of get in the match and hang in at the start of the second…I think I put him under pressure with his second serve. I was making a lot of second serve returns.”

Regarding his mis-matched kit, Evans says with another couple wins he may earn another clothing contract.

“I’m just out of contract with Nike,” the Brit said. “They didn’t offer me another contract. I just went to the store and bought a load of clothes the other day, plain clothes. It’s Uniqlo. 19.99, the shirts are. I only wore one shirt today. I’m good till Friday.”

Evans will next face Aussie Bernard Tomic, who in the final night match held off Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 7-5, 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(5).

Zverev said going to another mental place was the difference in beating Isner.

“I felt like I was in a weird — I just felt weird,” he said. “I didn’t really think what was going on. At times I didn’t even know the score. I think in the fourth I had love-40 on his serve and I didn’t even know that. I don’t know if helped or not. Then saving match point at 5-4 in the fourth, I also didn’t know it was match point. I thought it was 4-3…Honestly, at one point I didn’t know if it was 9-7 or 10-8. I didn’t really care. I just knew I had to break him and try not to lose my serve at all.”

World No. 1 Andy Murray wasn’t down for any weird or funny business Wednesday, rolling over Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-0, 6-2, and setting a meeting with No. 31 seed Sam Querrey, who stopped the run of Aussie teen Alex De Minaur 7-6(5), 6-0, 6-1.

Other Top 10 winners were No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka over American Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, No. 5 Kei Nishikori straight-setting France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, and No. 10 Tomas Berdych likewise handling American Ryan Harrison 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-2.

Berdych will next face the No. 17 seed, a young Swiss named Roger Federer, who defeated American Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(3).

“I know I’ve got to lift my game a little bit,” said Federer, who has won his last five matches against Berdych. “I thought he was going to have a tougher time against Ryan [Harrison], to be honest, because Ryan has been playing well recently again. Super early in the draw. The court plays fast, like I said. He’s caused difficulties for me in the past on faster courts: Cincinnati, New York, Wimbledon, Olympics in Athens. I know what he’s got. I don’t need to tell you where he’s beaten me.”

Wawrinka will square off against No. 29 Viktor Troicki, who needed five sets to defeat Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3.

No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 23 Jack Sock set a third-round meeting after the Frenchman eased past Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, and Sock likewise handled Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Thursday highlights in Melbourne include (2) Novak Djokovic vs. Denis Istomin, Marcos Baghdatis vs. (9) Rafael Nadal, the serving battle of Gilles Muller vs. (3) Milos Raonic, the shot-making battle of (6) Gael Monfils vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov, the Next-Gen battle of (24) Alexander Zverev vs. Frances Tiafoe, and Radek “The Worm” Stepanek vs. (11) David Goffin.


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90 Comments for Kyrgios Melts Down, Evans Talks Shirts Wednesday at Aussie Open

Truthsquad Says:

What a bloody wanker


jane Says:

isner, NK and cilic all out on top side of draw.

it’s weird that players like fed and verdasco have complained or stated RLA is playing fast; you’d think a speedier court would suit both of their games. fed said he can’t gage his defense b/c of how fast it’s playing and nando compared the court to carpet!


Truth Says:

LMAO Fed and Kyrgios can’t hit harder so they’re mad.
That was the best that a US guy played against Fed.
No bagel, no weak era anymore.
I thought Fed and Nick desired “classy tennis”.


RZ Says:

I didn’t watch the NK-Seppi match, but was following Twitter and saw a video clip from late in the 5th set where NK hit a lazy between the legs shot. Right there I knew he was going to lose because he wasn’t lining up his shots with purpose.


RZ Says:

Van Persie is still leading the bracket but is now tied for first with Margot.


rognadfan Says:

This kid is turning out to a disgrace to the game of tennis.
What a waste of talent.


rognadfan Says:

It seems to be that Roger Federer, with his current level of game is going to go down to Berdshyt. He needs a significant elevation from where he seems right now. It’s just not going to cut it with Berdych.
My 2 cents.


J.S. Says:

I watched the first 2 sets, went back to bed and woke up in the 5th….NO CLUE what pissed NK off this time. Was it the warning from the umpire in the 3rd (per twitter)? Anyone know why he just gives up when things don’t go his way. He really needs to find something he likes to do, maybe BasketBall is the real passion??
Hoping NIKE wakes up! They have yanked Sponsorships for much less, can’t imagine they will put up with this! And, if they do, WHY?????


J.S. Says:

LOL ON BRACKET!!! I am on the bottom…..So Funny!


RZ Says:

Here is an article describing what was going through my head when I saw that unnecessary tweener from Nick. http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/18500544/australian-open-ill-d-tweener-perfectly-sums-nick-kyrgios-professionalism


RZ Says:

@J.S. – it’s still early. You have time to move up.


madmax Says:

Ugh,

Kyrgios – seriously get a grip. Another waster. Wasting his natural talent. Ernsts Gulbis springs to mind. :-( This comment – yeah…great if you are 14 years old, but come on!

“I don’t think there’s anyone in the Top 100 without a coach except for me. That needs to change. Got to start taking it more seriously. Pre-season is an important part of the year. You build foundations for the rest of the year. Yeah, it’s on me.”


Margot Says:

Not updated yet RZ and I had Cilic and Nick going deep….bum :(
Won’t be up there very long.


RZ Says:

@Margot – some updates have been made since the points are different from yesterday at this time.


RZ Says:

^ But they may not have all of yesterday’s results in there.


J.S. Says:

RZ great article, thatnks for the link!!! The comments were even better…..
Cannot believe people are defending this guy.


Margot Says:

Yeah RZ, meant very latest! Cilic isn’t in red last time I looked!


J.S. Says:

JANE….the bottom of the bracket is stacked! It’s going to be a battle – I see Murray on Top bracket getting to the final, not sure about the bottom, hmmmmm


J.S. Says:

https://twitter.com/richardpotty/status/821772002256158725

Please take a look at the red bikini dance (message) to Rafa!!! LOL
ENJOY!


Willow Says:

Rogernadfan @ 11.20 am, Berdych has beaten Federer twice at GS, and i think he relishes the challenge, its like Federer brings out the best in Berdych, and is not intimidated by Federer and his aura the way some of the lesser players are, im not a fan of either player, having said that it will be interesting to see the match if both get that far ….


Willow Says:

J.S I cant find any red bikini dance message to Rafa ….


J.S. Says:

Scroll down on the link I sent…..TRUST ME you can’t miss it!
Let me see if I can send it another way if you can’t find it.


SG1 Says:

I think I had mentioned this NK thing last year. NK love’s the lifestyle of a tennis player but doesn’t appear to love tennis itself. He’s an strong athlete but not anymore so than Nole, Rafa, Murray, Wawrinka, Fed or Monfils etc.

The Big 4 love tennis. They’re obsessed by it. My feeling is that NK is not and probably never will be. He may win a major (perhaps a couple) though I doubt it. Either way, he’s never going to be an all time great. His attitude stinks!


Willow Says:

J.S No cant find it sorry ….


J.S. Says:

SG1
NK can’t have the lifestyle if sponsors werent forking out money. The only way he will ever appreciate what he has if it’s taken away!
Give the money to kids who want to earn it!


Willow Says:

Thankyou J.S ….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

We’re already a couple years into the sober-faced, “Got to start taking it more seriously.” interviews, and I look forward to many years of these interviews to come!

Would be great if someone could do a mash-up of all these post-loss interviews with his pre-tournament “I’ve finally figured it out and started practicing seriously and I expect to go far” speeches.


RZ Says:

Very delayed reaction here but I missed that Feli Lopez lost to Fognini.


Willow Says:

Alot of talent there no question, and he seems fine when hes winning and everythings going his way, but pushes the self distruct button whenever things get tight, i think thats the difference between the good and the greats of the game, in that whatever the score or situation on court they just carry on regardless ….


Willow Says:

Bit uncalled for top of the thread, calling players names, moderation hello, says it all on this forum ! ….


J.S. Says:

VAGABOND – AGREE!!! He just says what people want to hear, same dance/song for 2 years. He is a FOOL and glad you called BS on this post match interview – Ridiculous!!!


Margot Says:

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/755860/Nick-Kyrgios-hits-back-at-John-McEnroe-tennis-Australian-Open
Lol. Didn’t say “what people wanted to hear” regarding Mac. Or did he?………
C’mon Nick. The great Johnny Mac has become a pain in the proverbial.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Margot- HAHAHA! When I read the top of the article, and the first interaction re Mac, I thought, hmm, that doesn’t seem so aggressive. Then I got further, and got to Kyrgios’ “Why don’t you ask Jonny Mac? Jonny Mac knows everything!” in response to everything. That’s brilliant. My first reaction was, he sounds like a 12 year old. But upon thinking of it, if my 8 year old boy actually acted that petulant, I would consider him acting like a baby.

So, emotionally, I’m pegging Nick around 5. Yeah. My 7 year old girl would have said something like that 2 years ago.


rognadfan Says:

@Willow at 12:49 pm

I wrote that because they went that far :)
I agree with what you said, but at the same time Berdych has some choking tendencies as well. For me the question is whether Federer can keep himself from entering a self destruction mode with the shanks and mishits etc.


RZ Says:

@rognadfan – I also picked Berdych to beat Federer. I think Fed is too rusty coming in to a GS and while Berdych is slowly waning, he is still playing pretty well. However, there is the possibility that Fed turns on maestro mode as he does once in a while or has his serve cranking, in which case he could win it.


lyle nubbins Says:

NK had a match point on Seppi’s serve at 8-7 in the fifth, his home stadium crowd going totally nuts. Before the point, he got irritated with the ball kid for not bringing him his towel quickly enough and dropped an F bomb. It is astounding that, at that moment, he would allow himself to get bothered by something like that.


J-Kath Says:

I’m feeling very brave this evening and expressing deep disappointment for Nick K. and for all of us who could/should be witnessing an extraordinary career.

The guy needs help – real comrade-in-arms help. Not everyone is the same and Nick has truly a rare tennis ability that without help will not flourish – he needs an Uncle Toni/someone he trusts and relies upon and who believes in him. Otherwise, yes, petulant, waste of space, go play baseball, basketball or any other ball but the tennis ball.


Truth Says:

Nothing new.
Some people aren’t that talented and smart, whether they play tennis, baseball or basketball.
Look at the creeps that played Fed in 2004. Spoiled brats.
No one cares how hard they served. The quality tennis is what matters.


AndyMira Says:

To me,Nick is still immature[even at 21 years of age]..he lacked of identity…he didn’t know himself very well..let alone love or value himself very high…If i were someone very close and care deeply for him…here’s what i’m gonna do..

1]..Bring him to the labour room and forced him to see the birth process..let him see how hard a mother wants to give birth to a child..

2]Bring him to the Trauma/ICU…let him experience/see how a human being struggle to live just to see another day..

3]bring him to the Morgue…Forced him to stay for a couple of hours with a dead body…

4]Lastly…bring him to the baby’s ward,let him see the miracles of the world..let him hold the baby just for a second..let him experienced the powerful emotion that come with it…

5]After the ‘gruelling’ a couple of hours with the intense experience,i’m pretty sure Nick will soften up a little..then someone needs to talk to him..softly and gently..man to man talk..

6]If ALL the above still not working after that…take the desperate method…KICK HIM IN THE A@# really hard!!..End of story..


J-Kath Says:

Ouch. Absolutely not. Too tough for me AM. Don’t want to pursue it please.
K


AndyMira Says:

@JK…Ha ha ha ha…Understand ma’am!


BBB Says:

Nick needs to spend some time with Venus. She plays solely for the love of the game, overcoming an illness that would prevent most athletes from competing at the level she does.

Meanwhile, why can’t we have more Cliff Drysdale in the US. The most civilized and helpful tennis commentator out there.


Raj Says:

Such a shame brat..But, again the same media will praise him like a superman if he happens to win a slam in future.. Nothing wrong in that, but his attitude will never change…


courbon Says:

Novak is going to lose this match…I can not watch it!His game is off and Dennis is playing well…


Van Persie Says:

Courbon, I guess Nole will win the 5-th.


FedExpress Says:

noles luck is immense.

istomin should have this by now.


FedExpress Says:

this is simon 2016 and wawrinka 2013 all over again


FedExpress Says:

hope dimi wins vs gasquet cause gasquet will be a walkover for djokovic.


Margot Says:

Courbon there’ll be no room in your yurt paradise for me with all these tennisxgals muscling in…..;) Hands off gals, I saw him first!
Free advice to tennisxguys….guys who make gals laugh tend to be very popular…just sayin’…..
Wow Dennis really taking it to Nole, but expecting huge crumble any moment now.


Van Persie Says:

“Courbon, I guess Nole will win the 5-th.”

or he will lose it :D
6-2 or 6-3 for Estomin…hope not :)


FedExpress Says:

istomin breaks.
will he do it. please makie it happen


Van Persie Says:

“Courbon there’ll be no room in your yurt paradise for me with all these tennisxgals muscling in…..;) Hands off gals, I saw him first!”

No worries , Margot :)
I prefer a decent hotel room ;)


Rick Says:

Doubt that Jokervic would defends his title. He needs Boom Boom, he is getting old.


Rick Says:

Jokervic needs Boom Boom. Doubt that he could defends his title. And he is getting old.


Rick Says:

Nole will be wasted into the later round. Jokervic used to beat him in three sets at the Aussie Open.


Rick Says:

If a wasted Nole gets into the final. Murray would thumps him.


Margot Says:

OMG What a shock!
Commies to Nole fans. That half of the draw looking wide open now.
Wow!


Rick Says:

Told you Jokervic’s fanboys. So what if he won Doha? He won Montreal, then get thumped by Warinka at the US Open. Nole is getting old just like Rafa.


AndyMira Says:

I can’t believe novak ruined my bracket!What an EXTRAORDINARY MATCH by far at AO this year!…BIG CONGRATS for both players for giving it to us this afternoon…Congrats for Denis and fans and commies to ALL novak fans especially Jalep,Dani,Jane,Courbon,VP and others..

PS…Can’t help but feel sad one of the Great Champ was out in early rounds…


Rick Says:

Jokervic just couldn’t handle the pressure since the he won the French. And don’t listen to Boom Boom, and doesn’t want to work hard. Serve him right, Boom Boom is laughing.


Rick Says:

I expect Jokervic to do worse for the following tournaments. Just like what happened when Fed lost his first Wimbleon to Rafa. And Rafa was thumped at the French. So when Nole get beaten at the Aussie Open, his confidence will be gone for awhile.


Rick Says:

Rafa would have his revenge on Jokervic. Since Jokervic took advantage of his decline.


sisay Says:

The jinx worked again…so effective jinx. On the other hand if nole is not entering tornamens to win why is he not retire…


Rick Says:

Rafa would takes revenge on Nole when they play again. Just like Nole took advantage of Rafa’s decline.


Rick Says:

I doubt that Nole could makes a comeback. He needs Boom Boom so seriously. And Rafa would takes his revenge when playing Nole. Just like when he did with Rafa’s decline.


J.S. Says:

Scoot over RAFA….Istomin is my new Fav! What a cutie and well deserved!


sisay Says:

Travis…please give us some anlsis…i always loved reading your posts. And also Jane i am a nole fan…did u see the game i was following live score. How was nole? Was he bad or Denis was that good? Please some detail.


jane Says:

oh nole… : /
hugs nole fans on here, any that are left.
hugs xo


sisay Says:

Big hugs Jane…i just feel that there is something that we did not understand about nole. Anyways as Wogboy said anything that comes after french open 2016 is a bonus…and i agree…no bonus for now.


Danica Says:

Hugs Jane and the rest of the Nole fans.

That’s simply life. That’s sport. Like Nole said at his presser, in a game of tennis, one guy wins, one guy has to lose. It happens. Denis was better, smarter, braver, stronger, faster. He deserved the win, he worked for it and earned. Kudos to him.


J-Kath Says:

What a shock to wake up to. It almost put me back to bed. Istomin! Really? Was Nole injured?

Hope it won’t be too long before Nole shakes off the disappointment and gets back to business. Much too soon for Nole to lose his love of tennis.


Van Persie Says:

Hugs back to all Nole fans,

A bit sad that he lost so early, but not a tragedy. Let’s hope he will be able to have a decent season this year.


J-Kath Says:

A bit of a wry joke from Richard Osman:

“I know that some people are anti-Djokovic, while hayfever sufferers are anti-Istomin”


Danica Says:

J-Kath,
No, no injury. One small scare but nothing really. Simply, Istomin was way better and Nole was missing. He appeared mellow somehow, his serve was weak, he played a way too passive game, somewhat like at the USO. He was pretty calm at the presser. But, no question, Istomin was a more deserving player. Nole won more total points, it was a tight match, but in the end, you have to accept that you have to lose sometimes. It happens even to the best, like we all witnessed in recent years.


Miles Says:

I didn’t think Novak would win the AO this year – he’s clearly had an underlying fitness issue for 6-7 months now – hence the reduction in average first serve speed. If that physical issue can’t be fixed, I expect him to rapidly slide down the rankings.

Never thought I’d write this, but he might retire before Fedal!


Giles Says:

Shock horror!!


J-Kath Says:

Thank you Danica. As you say, sometimes the unexpected does happen…he’ll be back invincible again.


Margot Says:

As an Andy fan, I’m surprised you’re saying that Kath.


courbon Says:

Margot:Ok, I think I’m taking yurth down and building circus tent…(-:

Van Persie:I’ll get a hotel for you no worries…
* * * *
Disapointed but not shocked…
Danica summoned the match perfectly and his serve is weaker that a year ago, so anybody can break him.And the mental ascpect? I would not know what to say…
But lets look on the positive side:
1. He managed to hug some eucalyptus trees and get cosmic bonding with couple of coalas…
2. Nerxt year he will be able to write a guide to a tennis players, titled:*
“How to screw up your carrer in 6 months”.
It will be a best seller!

Ok, enough of my ranting….the worst thing is that now I have to support that miserable Scot to win…


courbon Says:

Jane:Virtual hug accepted.
Do me a favour-go to back of your house, catch a raindeer ( they are everywhere in Canada, like a cats in Europee, right?)
kill it, cut it and send meat to Novak’s adress.I think he needs some real food and proteine…Ok, I’m ranting again-I have to stop…


J-Kath Says:

Margot:

I often operate on a reverse psychology – it stops me from feeling too much pain. (Courbon above is using much the same approach). I do think Nole will be back invincible to most but only if he stops losing weight. So many imponderables.


Van Persie Says:

“he’ll be back invincible again.”

JK, he is back…but not invincible

Courbon,

Very kind of you…but, but… You are to polite…and I did not mention with whom I’d like to share the room. But since you will accept the bill anyway, it is fine with me :)

Back to tennis. I am still not so worried about Djoko. I will wait to see, what he will do in the next moths.
He will not retire so soon, as Miles implies….he accepted a new deal with Seiko, for 4 years, so he does not think to retire.


Margot Says:

Courbon: Lol “miserable Scot” right back at you! As long as Andy wins the damn thing this time, he can be as “miserable” as he likes.
Can I have the circus tent all to myself?


J-Kath Says:

VP:

but, but, but – what I said was when he is back (implies “playing again”)he will be invincible to most….yes? no? maybe?

Courbon: He’s “miserable” because he know that when he grins too much you can see he needs a dentist – and if he goes to the dentist he’ll need injections and subsequently will be accused of absorbing illegal substances.

PS: It will cost you to join Le Miserable fan club – putting Margot in the Circus will not cut it – sorry to say.


Van Persie Says:

Well JK, I think Nole considers he’s giving his best out there, so, he’s playing..
Personally I do not think anymore that weight is an issue. Am sure, he does not practice very much . He looked tired after the 3 setter match against Andy in Doha. That was not an issue in 2015 or before the FO last year..


courbon Says:

Margot: Oh, but I like him.My fat cat is misserable but I still love her…

J-Kath: Very kind words but not that sure about big comeback

Van Persie: I like your enthusiasm.In his decline, this has to be a big landing, so if those not shakim up and get him angry and revegfull , that I do not know what will..
P.S.-Happy for you too come with your partner!


SG1 Says:

Murray is now in a great position. If the pressure of expectation doesn’t get to him, he’ll win this title. Of course if he runs into Stan in the final, all bets are off.


lakie Says:

Considering Wawa is on his side of the draw, Murray has no chance of meeting him in the final!

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