Sport Nick Kyrgios implodes as Australia's ATP Cup hopes fade

12:10  11 january  2020
12:10  11 january  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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A seething Nick Kyrgios has imploded in front of a sold-out Ken Rosewall Arena, falling to Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets and leaving Australia's ATP Cup hopes hanging by a thread.

After a fortnight of being lauded for his new, calm on-court behaviour – the old Kyrgios was back at Ken Rosewall Arena on Saturday night.

The verbal barbs to his corner were back. So was the racquet smashing. A fan copped it at one point, too, after calling out before a point was complete.

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Revelling in the ATP Cup team environment, Nick Kyrgios has given Australia a flying start in their quarter-final against Great Britain in Sydney. It was like a party as Kyrgios joked with teammates and skipper Lleyton Hewitt in Australia ' s courtside box between games. But the one-time Australian

Roberto Bautista Agut dismissed Nick Kyrgios 6-1, 6-4 to put Spain one win away from facing Serbia in the ATP Cup final in Sydney. “ Nick is a great talent so to beat him in Bautista Agut, who improved to 5-0 at the ATP Cup , sped past Kyrgios , who also had yet to lose at the inaugural 24-team tournament.

The difference on Saturday night to the past 10 days? Kyrgios trailed from the outset. Bautista Agut broke his first service game and almost immediately, the Australian No.2 let his head drop.

He made three awful unforced errors on his way to another break minutes later. It was an implosion.

He dropped the first set 6-1, mouthing off at the Australian corner throughout and his frustrations can't have been helped by the way Bautista Agut was playing.

If there's ever been a player that is the antithesis of Kyrgios, it's Bautista Agut.

Kyrgios is all flair. Agut is all business.

Kyrgios has the fresh haircut. Agut has the short back and sides.

Kyrgios has every shot in the book while it seems Bautista Agut's only weapon is his wall-like approach.

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Nick Kyrgios holding a racket on a court: The classic Nick Kyrgios was back in a heavy defeat.© Getty The classic Nick Kyrgios was back in a heavy defeat. You only needed one statistic to understand the gulf in class between the pair in the first set.

Kyrgios made 13 unforced errors. Many of those came in situations where he could have put the point away. Bautista Agut made just two.

The Australian No.2 started the second set in much better fashion. His serve found its rhythm but he failed to make any indent on Bautista Agut's serve.

Kyrgios' second service game looked like it may have been a turning point. He started to settle into backcourt duels with the Spaniard and finally, made an indent on his serve.

Bautista Agut responded after being forced to deuce and then, broke Kyrgios in controversial circumstances. The Australian star appeared to clock a 207km/hr ace to save a break point at 2-2.

Kyrgios and the sell-out crowd erupted but the chair umpire deemed the ball touched the net on the way over. Like clockwork, Kyrgios lost the point.

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He broke a racquet in front of the Australian corner and told Lleyton Hewitt the 'let' decision was 'f***ing bulls--t. And that was that.

Bautista Agut held his nerve. He served out the match with as little fanfare as you will see on a big stage.

The Kyrgios circus rolls on.

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"Every time they've played it's been close and going up against (Nadal) seems to bring the best out of Nick," says tennis legend John Newcombe.That's the view of Australian tennis icon John Newcombe, who believes Kyrgios "fancies his chances" against the Spanish superstar should they go head-to-head next week.

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