Nick Kyrgios beats Casper Ruud at Indian Wells Masters, tennis news, results, highlights
Nick Kyrgios continued his fine form at the Indian Wells Masters, ousting a player he openly dislikes, world No. 8 Casper Ruud, in straight sets to advance to the fourth round.
Kyrgios was at his dominant best against the Norwegian star, finishing 6-4 6-4 winners. It was his first victory over a top 10 opponent since beating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup in 2020.
Following his victory, the 26-year-old had some choice words for Ruud, whom he has clashed with in the past.
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“I don’t hear about it now,” Kyrgios said into the camera barrel as he put on his sneakers after the game.
“I hear no more now, nothing. I don’t give a damn. Nothing.”
The bad blood between Kyrgios and Ruud stems from the pair’s only other previous encounter, a clay-court clash at the 2019 Rome Masters.
Ruud took the win on this occasion after Kyrgios abruptly left the pitch following an outburst which saw him throw a chair onto the pitch in frustration.
The Norwegian celebrated his victory, which Kyrgios took umbrage with afterwards, and he didn’t back down about it either.
“He can say as much as he wants about my disqualification, but it still tells me 1-0,” Ruud told Tennissportalen in October 2019.
“I don’t know, he was completely mad when I played him. It was good to win. If I celebrated after the game or not? I don’t care. I was happy I got 90 points and $50,000 in prizes so why don’t I celebrate?
“It’s his problem that he’s an idiot on the court.”
The comments didn’t go unnoticed by Kyrgios, who took to Twitter to call Ruud “annoying”.
“Hey @CasperRuud98, next time you have something to say I’d appreciate it if you said it to my face, I’m sure you won’t be too gobsmacked after that. Until then I’ll keep watching the paint dry instead of watching you play tennis, it’s boring,” he wrote.
“But again, I also understand why you have to keep my name in your mouth because people don’t even realize you play tennis.”
There was also that iconic Twitter exchange between Kyrgios and Ruud after the Norwegian ambushed a Twitter thread where the ATP invited fans to ask Kyrgios questions.
While his last encounter with Ruud has been remembered for all the wrong reasons, Kyrgios was completely professional this time around.
The Aussie is known for having one of the deadliest service games on the men’s tour, and his service power was on full display against Ruud.
Kyrgios dropped just six first-serve points for the entire game, slamming seven aces and 23 winners for the game.
Kyrgios will face Italian number 10 Jannik Sinner in the fourth round. It is the furthest he has advanced at Indian Wells since their quarter-final in 2017.
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