Nick Kyrgios: An Australian star in a heated argument with the referee during the return of his victory

Kyrgios, 27, had his racket smashed after losing the opening set and later locked up with the umpire after suffering a time foul for taking too long between points.

The Australian continued screaming from his chair, arguing that he needed to wipe his hands before playing.

“He said I was playing very slowly and statistically speaking I’m one of the fastest,” Kyrgios told reporters after reaching the quarter-finals in Germany.

“I had to walk to the sidelines to get my towel, something called 30°C sweat running down your hands. I needed to wipe my hands and he gave me a warning.”

Despite the sharp exchange, Kyrgios regained his composure to win the next two sets, sealing a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory over his Greek opponent.

He delighted the crowd with some amazing shots during the competition, a reminder of what makes him a dangerous player on the lawn.

“The support I’m getting from fans all over the world is amazing. They want me to go out and put on a show,” he added.

“I’m glad I’m still able to produce this level through the tournaments I’m playing. It’s a testament to how hard I work when I’m not playing.”

Kyrgios, whose outbursts on the court often make him a divisive figure among tennis fans, is not seeded in the tournament but now faces Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the next round on Thursday.

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