Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after on-court outburst

"I'm f***ing done", he could be heard saying. He's the most arrogant person ever. Nadal said it was a "good start" as he targets a first title on clay this season before he starts the defence of his French Open crown from May 26. These guys - they're not bad guys. There's no humility there, there's no perspective.

Roger cemented the break with a service victor and moved 5-3 up with another unreturned serve in game eight, moving closer to the finish line.

"He was getting more and more angry". It's just like, "I'm here, I'm so cool, I'm unbelievable because I hit a ball over the net".

He spoke warmly of three-times Grand Slam champion Andy Murray but also said the Briton's head-to-head record against Djokovic - 11-25 in matches and 2-5 in Grand Slam finals - was "embarrassing".

Of Nadal, Kyrgios was equally critical, but for different reasons.

"Hmm, this is unsafe".

"He's just my polar opposite, like literally my polar opposite". And he's super salty.

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The incident overshadowed an outstanding day for Roger Federer, who reached the quarter-finals on his return to the tournament for the first time since 2016 with a 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7) win over Borna Coric, having earlier beaten Joao Sousa. Kyrgios said despite his obvious talent, Djokovic will never be considered the greatest player in his mind. And I'm like, "What are you talking about?" Do you think he should be allowed to continue playing tennis?

"Because if you look at my day-to-day routine and how much I train and how much I put in, it's zero compared to him". I'm like, 'Bra (brother), I did 12 years at school, you idiot. Simply because I've played him twice and, I'm sorry, but if you can't beat me, you're not the greatest of all time. "I believe it's going to be similar conditions in the match this afternoon".

"It sucks not seeing him around here, in the locker room he was the best", he said. "I was tired, exhausted, today because of all these shitty things", he added.

"These guys show me no respect". For instance, when I'm taking matches, I don't care that you paid for tickets. "Rafa gets me vexed, as well".

Soon after the clip of his outburst went viral, Kyrgios took to his Twitter account and mocked the celebrations from his opponent after he won by default.

After Wednesday's wash-out it was a packed schedule in Rome, with Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer all due to play again on Thursday after winning their second-round matches. This whole (post-match) celebration thing is so cringeworthy, ' was one of the choicer comments.

The Australian will be one of the most talked-about people at Roland Garros when the French Open gets under way in 10 days' time.

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