Nick Kyrgios made gentle of low ATP Rating as he brushed apart Casper Ruud at Indian Wells after which reignited his rivalry with the Norwegian throughout his post-match celebrations.
The duo haven’t all the time seen eye-to-eye as Ruud described the Australian as an “fool” after he was expelled from the Italian Open a couple of years in the past for throwing a chair onto the court docket.
Kyrgios was by no means going to take the remark mendacity down as he wrote on Twitter: “I’d respect you saying it to my face. I’m certain you wouldn’t run your mouth a lot after that. Till then I’ll proceed to quite watch paint dry than watch you play tennis, boring af.”
Naturally loads of fireworks had been anticipated when the pair clashed within the third spherical of the BNP Paribas Open.
Ruud was the favorite but Kyrgios, who has slumped to exterior the world high 120, dominated from begin to end towards the world No 8, successful 6-4, 6-4 in a single hour and 16 minutes.
Nick Strikes Ahead ➡@NickKyrgios ousts Ruud 6-4 6-4 to arrange a R4 encounter towards Sinner!
Hasn’t dropped serve all week…#IndianWells pic.twitter.com/SzXYUpetpn
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 15, 2022
The Australian broke within the opening sport after which wrapped up then wrapped up the set on the third set level in sport 10 whereas a break in sport three of the second set was sufficient for the win.
After the match the 26-year-old was heard shouting: “I hear no speaking now. None. F…… none.”
Kyrgios will face Jannik Sinner for a spot within the quarter-final after the tenth seeded Italian defeated Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4.