Australian Open 2020: Nick Kyrgios & Gilles Simon mimic Rafael Nadal

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios is in the same quarter of the draw as world number one Rafael Nadal
2020 Australian Open
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 February
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Nick Kyrgios reached the Australian Open third round by beating Gilles Simon, with both players mimicking Rafael Nadal's service routine.

Both he and Frenchman Simon copied the Spaniard's routine after they were given time violations, and Kyrgios has previously criticised Nadal for the time he takes between points

The two could meet in the fourth round.

"There weren't any extracurricular activities I was doing before my serve to waste time," Kyrgios said.

The Australian has previously described Nadal as "super salty".

Asked whose impression was better, Kyrgios replied: "I don't wear underwear, so probably Gilles'."

When asked about the incident, Nadal said: "Honestly, I don't care at all. If was funny, good. That's it."

Nadal was irritated when Kyrgios served underarm in their meeting in Acapulco last year and has previously said the 24-year-old "lacks respect".

World number one Nadal, who beat Argentina's Federico Delbonis in straight sets on Thursday, has a 4-3 head-to-head lead over Kyrgios, but the Australian leads 2-1 on hard courts.

Kyrgios, the 23rd seed, said he was not thinking about the rest of the tournament or who he could meet in future rounds.

'I could have gone to a very dark place'

The Australian appeared on course for a swift victory, breaking his 61st-ranked opponent at the start of each set and leading 4-2 in the third.

However, Simon hit back to win four games in a row before Kyrgios, lifted by the packed crowd, found the decisive break late in the fourth set.

"I could have gone to a very dark place in the fourth set but I put it away," Kyrgios said.

"I definitely lost my way a little bit. It would have been very interesting if it went to a fifth set."

Kyrgios also apologised to his player box, saying it was "not acceptable" for him to take out his third-set frustrations on them.

"I apologised as soon as I went back into the locker room. They don't deserve that," he said.

"They do a lot of things for me on and off the court."

Kyrgios hit 28 aces against Simon and will donate A$200 for each one to the bushfire appeal.

Legendary former player John McEnroe has also said he will contribute A$1,000 to the appeal for each set Kyrgios wins in the tournament.

Kyrgios will face Russian 16th seed Karen Khachanov next.

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