Bartoli did not pull punches when she said that Kyrgios, the No 15 seed, would not win a grand-slam title.
When the same journalist asked why Kyrgios spoke to the umpire about it if he wasn't upset, the world number 18 said: "Because you generally talk to someone when you're curious about something". "Who are you to tell us how to do things, when you have no idea what we've been through?" I don't know if we can do much.
"You know, it's easy to criticise people when you don't know them".
"Even if he has all the talent in the world - and I'm defnitiely not questioning that - I don't think he will be able to put seven matches in a row".More news: Ohio Abuse Scandal Spurs Blaming of the "Deep State"
And he followed a first-round win over Denis Istomin with another focused display on Thursday to set up a clash with Japan's Kei Nishikori who he is yet to beat and who he described as a "nightmare" to play. I don't think Rafa is going to be liking the ball that's going to come at him constantly for three hours.
Bernard Tomic learnt as much this week when the Japanese superstar reversed two straight losses to Kyrgios's countryman with a four-set win to rob fans of a much-anticipated all-Australian third-round encounter.
Nick Kyrgios plays a shot during his second round match against Robin Haas in London July 5, 2018.
Kyrgios had been looking for a fight the entire third set and, not satisfied with himself as an opponent, he had turned his attention to those around him. I just never settled.
"Grass is probably his least favourite surface, but he's capable on all surfaces".More news: Trump Making Supreme Court Pick to Cement Conservative Majority
Nishikori has claimed the underdog card against a player boasting 159 aces in his past six matches.
Reacting to the call, Kyrgios said to the umpire: "What, after I hit it?"
"His ground strokes are not as big as his serve and he is a type of player that plays a little bit more carefully in rallies". "I always find it tough playing him".
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