Nick Kyrgios has claimed it is not fair that Novak Djokovic has largely escaped scrutiny for his shock third round loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells.
The Aussie tennis star himself appears to feel unhappy with the scrutiny he received for losing to the German veteran in his first match of the tournament — coming off a stunning week of tennis where he won the Mexico Open in Acapulco.
Djokovic was sensationally dumped out of Indian Wells by the World No. 39 on Wednesday 6-4 6-4 in an uncharacteristically error-riddled performance.
Playing his first tournament since lifting a record seventh Australian Open title in January and having won eight of nine prior meetings with Kohlschreiber, Djokovic could find no answer for the German.
The surprising result had tennis commentators around the world speculating about potential Djokovic ailments.
It didn’t sit right with Kyrgios, who took to Twitter on Wednesday morning (AEDT) to voice his displeasure at the fact Kohlschreiber’s performance had been largely overlooked in social media commentary — and that Djokovic was not criticised as he himself was for falling to Kolschreiber in the second round.
“Just wondering if all is right with Novak Djokovic,” freelance tennis reporter Craig Gabriel posted on Twitter.
“He is missing sitters and is looking lethargic.”
Kyrgios responded by questioning why the tennis world continues to “kiss these guys when they lose”.
“Lol yeah, something has to be wrong with him right,” Kyrgios posted on Twitter.
“I lose to Kholi and get absolutely shredded ‘same old kyrgios’ how about the guy is just good? And he knows how to win matches? Hate this, why we always gotta kiss these guys when they lose.”
It comes after Kyrgios also questioned the privileges enjoyed by tennis Big Three following his win over Rafael Nadal in Acapulco.
Kyrgios pointed out that Nadal had consistently been able to get away with slowing him down on serve as he also swatted away Nadal’s criticism that he did not “respect” himself, his opponent or the sport.
“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,” Kyrgios said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the reporter clarified his Djokovic comments after the match.
Kohlschreiber posted his first ever victory over a top-ranked player, advancing to a fourth-round match against France’s Gael Monfils.
“I think I put out a pretty good strategy on the court,” Kohlschreiber said.
“Very clever serve, good return game — it was a good day.”
Kohlschreiber’s only prior win over Djokovic came back in 2009, a three-set victory at Roland Garros.
He hadn’t taken a set off Djokovic since Rome in 2014.
But in a match that resumed after rain stopped play following completion of just one game on Monday night, Kohlschreiber looked crisp and confident, breaking the Serbian star for a 4-3 lead in the first and pocketing the set with a service winner on his second set point.
Before he made it back to his courtside chair, Djokovic bashed his racquet against his foot until it broke.
The display of emotion didn’t change anything as Kohlschreiber opened the second set with a service break and broke Djokovic again in the seventh game to give himself a chance to serve for the match.
Djokovic led that game 30-15, but capped a long rally with a forehand long then double faulted before pushing a forehand wide on breakpoint.
Then it was Kohlschreiber’s turn to show some nerves, a sudden spate of four errors, including a double fault, giving Djokovic a break.
After Djokovic held at love, Kohlschreiber held his nerve to finish it off, gaining a match point when Djokovic’s lunging backhand went wide before Kohlschreiber fired a sideline-skimming forehand.
— with AFP