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Aussie star uses underarm tactics again in Rome

15th May 2019, 14:30 by Simon Barlow

Nick Kyrgios admitted using odd tactics to throw "great player" Daniil Medvedev out of his rhythm in his three-set Rome Masters win.

The controversial Australian served underarm on the first point of the match and threw in an array of drop shots and 'tweeners' in his 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over the world number 14 at Foro Italico.

There were eyebrows raised again when Kyrgios turned around on the clay and bent over to show his backside to the Russian while Medvedev was preparing to drill a winner from mid-court.

"I was trying to throw him off his game because I knew he loves rhythm. He's a great player," said Kyrgios, who spectacularly won the contest with four consecutive aces.

"Today was a lot of fun. I thought the crowd was a lot of fun. It's very important to go out there and put on a bit of a show."

Kyrgios will play Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud in the second round before a possible round-16 clash looms against seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro. as he searches for more ranking points to gain a top-32 seeding for Roland Garros.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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