Rafael Nadal hits out at Nick Kyrgios' attitude following Mexican Open exit

Telcel ATP Mexican Open 2019 - Day 3

Rafael Nadal is out of the Mexican Open after a thrilling three-set defeat to the controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios.

The match will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, as opposed to the talent on display, however, with Nadal saying that the Aussie "lacks respect for the public."

The match consisted of a few theatrics from Kyrgios, which sparked boos from the crowd from the onset and throughout.

With contrasting opinions on each other, Kyrgios took it upon himself to anger the crowd further by feigning a fall to waste time and taking a long time between shots.

The pinnacle of the game's controversy came from the Canberra-born showman, who disrespectfully took it upon himself to knock up an under-arm serve in the third set, much to the dismay of both Nadal and the locals.

Speaking after the game, Nadal was left baffled by the actions of his counterpart, and said, as per Eurosport: "He is a player who has ginormous talent.

"He could win Grand Slams and fight the top positions of the ranking, but there is a reason why he is where he is.

"He lacks respect for the public, the rival and towards himself."

Kyrgios, of course, had something to say on the situation and showed no remorse for his actions.

“I’m different, Rafa’s different, he can focus on what he needs to do.

"He doesn’t know the journey I’ve been through, he doesn’t know anything about me so I’m not going to listen at all.

“It’s the way I play, it’s the way he plays.

“He’s very slow between points. There’s a rule in the books that says you have to play at the speed of the server, Rafa has the speed every time.

“I’m not going to comment on his game, he has his game, I have my game."

Gracious in defeat, despite the antics of his opponent, the 17-time Grand Slam champion took the time to acknowledge his fans after the match.

Elsewhere at the Open, four-time champion David Ferrer bid farewell to his Latin fans after defeat to top seed Alexander Zverev as the Spaniard looks to call time on an incredible career in 2019.

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