Kyrgios messes it up again: penalty game and defeat

Mar 29, 2022;  Miami Gardens, FL, USA;  Nick Kyrgios (AUS) smashes his racquet at the end of the first set after being assessed a point penalty against Jannik Sinner (ITA)(not pictured) in a fourth round men's singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Kyrgios messed it up again on the track this Tuesday in Miami. The Australian, who was having a great tournament with express victories against Fognini (61 minutes) and Rublev (52) and only 18 games lostcontinually clashed with Brazilian chair umpire Carlos Bernardes, and as a result of his actions he received a one-point penalty first and a game later, which deprived him of chances to equalize the match in the second set. For this reason, and because his rival, Jannik Sinner, played wonderfully, the Australian lost 7-6 (3) and 6-3 and it will be the Italian who plays this Wednesday (not before 9:00 p.m.) in the quarterfinals against the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, who continues his fantastic week after eliminating Frances Tiafoe (6-7 (2), 7-6 (3) and 6-2 in 2h35). The Argentine, who plays his first Masters 1,000, he avenged the loss of his brother, Juan Manuel, against the American in the third round.

Kyrgios broke rackets (at least one of them was given to a spectator), he confronted part of the public, took out from below and desperate Bernardes, who asked him to stop talking about him. After a long discussion, the wayward Aussie smashed his work tool at the end of the first heat, and received another warning which caused him to lose a game in the next. From there to the end, good old Nick sputtered but continued to disrespect the referee. After congratulating Sinner on his victory, he called him a “fucking retard” (“fucking retard”) to Bernardés . It is true that he left some tennis genius for the gallery, but his attitude is still intolerable. The beneficiary was Sinner, who with nerves of steel went about his business and for the second consecutive year (he was a finalist in 2021) is in the semifinals. That after saving three match points in the second round against Ruusuvuori and five in the third against Carreño.

Zverev, with a firm step, passes Nadal

The one who is not letting his bad temper betray him in this tournament is Alexander Zverev. The German was facing for the first time another Australian, friend and doubles partner of Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakisand beat him by a double 6-4 in 96 minutes. Zverev, who had won his previous two round of 16 matches in Miami and is looking for his second final, after losing the 2018 one against Isner. With this victory he takes away Rafa Nadal’s number three and will face Casper Ruud this Wednesday (not before 3:00) in the quarterfinals. The Norwegian beat a strangely erratic Cameron Norrie, who was on a roll on North American soil with a record of 23-3 in his last 26 gamesincluding a 14-win streak, titles at Indian Wells 2021 and Delray Beach 2022 and two finals. He had reached the penultimate round in his last four tournaments, but the Norwegian, who had never won the Miami Open before, was better and won 6-3, 6-4.

Medvedev, one win from one

Daniil Medvedev did not let the same thing happen to him that had happened the day before to Roberto Bautista, who let a 4-0 run against Jenson Brooksby in the third and ended up eliminated. The Russian, who had never met the American before, He beat him 7-5 and 6-1 and is one win away from being number one in the world again. Will pass Novak Djokovic again if he wins on Thursday in the quarterfinals against the Polish and defending champion, Hubert Hurkacz, who defeated a knocked-out Lloyd Harris 7-6 (3) and 6-2. The Russian is seeking his first semi-final of the tournament after dispatching eight aces and losing just six points on his first serves. He had a bad time in the first set, but in the second he swept the exit and kept the advantage.

Results of the Miami Masters 1,000.

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