Australia’s Nick Kyrgios “needs regard for people in general, the opponent and himself”, says world number two Rafael Nadal.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost an emotional second-round match to world number 72 Kyrgios 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) at the Mexican Open in Acapulco.
Kyrios served underarm late on amid the match against the Spaniard.
Nadal stated: “He’s a player who has the ability to win Grand Slams – a player who can battle for the best rankings, yet there’s a reason he is the place he is.”
Kyrgios spared three match focuses before beating Nadal, who was playing his first competition since losing to Novak Djokovic in January’s Australian Open last.
“He is an exceptionally risky player however needs consistency,” Nadal included.
“I don’t assume he’s a trouble maker. I believe he’s a hero.”
Kyrgios, 23, spared nine break focuses in the match and originated from 6-3 down in the third-set attach break to win in three hours and three minutes, before tumbling to the floor in festivity.
“I’m unique, Rafa’s extraordinary,” said Kyrgios, who will play Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.
“He doesn’t know the adventure I have experienced. He doesn’t know anything about me so I’m not going to tune in by any stretch of the imagination.
“That is the manner in which I play. He’s extremely moderate in the middle of focuses. The standard in the book says you need to play at the speed of the server. Rafa has the speed unfailingly.
“I’m not going to remark on his diversion. He has got his diversion and I have mine.”
Toward the finish of the primary set, Kyrgios grumbled to a coach about inclination sick yet said he would not like to resign on the grounds that he was careful about a conceivable backfire.
He spared four break focuses in the ninth round of the second set, and a further five in the 6th round of the last set.
Nadal took just a single of his 10 break point risks in the match.
In the ladies’ draw, American best seed Sloane Stephens endured a stun 6-3 6-3 rout by Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia.