Warnings, winners and feuding with Novak Djokovic - Nick Kyrgios' wild 2021 Australian Open
Nick Kyrgios was pure box office as always in Melbourne and perhaps even took things to another level during his hot-headed, at times inspired and drama-filled run at the 2021 Australian Open. What is remarkable is all of the following madness and brilliance was contained inside just a fleeting three rounds - and some bonus fun in the doubles.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates after winning a point in his Men's Singles third round match against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day five of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
Published 15/02/2021 at 12:21 GMT | Updated 15/02/2021 at 12:34 GMT
Nick Kyrgios did much more than simply reach the third round and feud with Novak Djokovic at the 2021 Australian Open. Here is a recap of all the drama sparked by one of the most electrifying men in tennis.
The 25-year-old from Canberra always makes plenty of noise, loves to entertain the fans and have fun on the court - and he certainly delivered on all three counts once more at Melbourne Park.
From continuing his tempestuous tiff with world number one Djokovic, showboating, rowing with umpires and competing in two classic encounters on a packed John Cain Arena, he sure packed in plenty of drama inside the first three rounds of the event.
Kyrgios was as hot-headed as ever during his first-round match against Frederico Ferreira Silva at the Australian Open. In terms of the pure tennis, he did everything he needed to do in sweeping aside Ferreira Silva in straight sets, 6-4 6-4 6-4, in fairly straightforward fashion.
The comments came from Kyrgios after both players won their first-round matches, and represented another escalation of the ongoing feud between the pair.
"It's very strange to me as to why he would say he doesn't respect me off the court. I actually do a lot off the court," he began.
He's a very strange cat, Novak is. Heck of a tennis player, but unfortunately someone that's partying with his shirt off during a global pandemic, I don't know if I can take any slack from that man. That's as bad as it gets for me.
'That's as bad as it gets for me' - Kyrgios hits back at 'very strange cat' Djokovic