Federer: Kyrgios should not be banned

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2019

Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from his second round Italian Open clash against Norway's Casper Ruud after the hot-headed Australian hurled a chair on to the court.

The 24-year-old, who is never one to shy away from expressing his frustrations, received multiple code violations earlier in the match.

Furious at the decision, Kyrgios booted a water bottle and then stunned spectators by picking up a fold-up wooden chair and hurling it across the court before picking up his bag and storming off, although he did shake hands with Ruud and the chair umpire.

The Australian's outburst comes just a day after he launched an astonishing attack on some of the biggest names in tennis as part of a podcast at the Rome event. Ruud won the match 6-3, 6-7, 2-1. "He won't say anything bad, he'll credit the opponent - "he competed well today, he's a great player, ' but then as soon as I beat him, it's just like 'he has no respect for me, my fans and no respect for the game" - and I'm just like 'what are you talking about?'"

Kyrgios also revealed that he now gets on with Swiss major victor Stan Wawrinka, but still considers the "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend" sledging scandal to be "hilarious", although he says he would never do it again. The Swiss was more aggressive and he efficiently defended the second serve before seizing the only chance on the return he got.

"If that's run its course, I don't think he should be suspended". "He just wants to be like Roger (Federer)", the Australian said.

"For me personally - I don't care right now, I've come this far - I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can't stand him". I mean, that's not enough for me.

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"And you're asking me why I do things and why I go back at fans in the crowd". He was fined $12,500 and given a suspended 28-day ban.

Nick Kyrgios ripped into Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"The celebration just kills me".

Federer saved all seven break points he faced to beat Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3, then was to play Borna Coric for a spot in the quarterfinals. "It is bad for tennis and has entered a dynamic that hurts him, something is failing, it is not normal, I have seen the images and his attitude is quite painful", Toni Nadal conveyed to El Espanol.

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".

Roger Federer took a different stance and felt the fines, deduction of ATP points and the removal of complimentary accommodation was enough of a punishment.

"It's nice to get lucky sometimes", Federer said.

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