Nick Kyrgios ‘tanked’ the second set of his Cincinnati Masters clash with Borna Coric but was unrepentant after emerging victorious, saying it was a “smart” move. The Australian defeated the Croatian in three sets, winning 7-6 (7/1) 0-6 6-3 in their Masters event second round match. Kyrgios showed his undoubted talent to win the opening set, taking the tie break 7-1. But he didn’t take a single game in the second and admitted he was ‘tanking’, with his behaviour drawing gasps of surprise from the crowd on Court 10 The 23-year-old began to treat the set with utter disregard midway through, when a line call went against him; he subsequently fired a ball petulantly into the air before giving those in attendance a peek into his mind. Kyrgios began chuntering to himself before talking to members of the crowd, asking “You wanna be a referee? You’re all eligible”. At one change of ends, Kyrgios would look up at his team and declare: “You’ll never see a bigger tank than the next three games”. At another point in the second, a crowd member called to Kyrgios: “Dig in Nick!” He responded with “It’s five to zero mate.” Kyrgios, who had forgot… Read full this story
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