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Kohlschreiber hailed by beaten Kyrgios

10th March 2019, 16:20 by Craig Smithson

Philipp Kohlschreiber was described as "an incredible competitor" by Nick Kyrgios after eliminating him in round two at Indian Wells.

The 23-year-old Australian went into the tournament on the back of defeating the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Alexander Zverev to win last week's Mexico Open title in Acapulco and was expected to challenge in the Californian desert.

Indeed, Novak Djokovic suggested on Friday that he was relishing a potential third-round showdown against Kyrgios if the pair made it that far.

And, while the Serbian world number one kept his part of the bargain, 31st seed Kyrgios crashed out 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 14 minutes as Kohlschreiber won his first match, aside from representing Germany in the Davis Cup, since the Australian Open first round in January.

Kyrgios trashed his racquet in frustration during the game, although he spoke very highly of Kohlschreiber afterwards.

He told the ATP Tour website: "He's an incredible competitor... I thought I didn't play my best tennis today, but on certain points where I maybe had a little sniff or a little chance to get into the match, he came up with a really good shot to break me in the first set.

"He's just tough. He knows how to win tennis matches."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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