He made three awful unforced errors on his way to another break minutes later. It was an implosion.
He dropped the first set 6-1, mouthing off at the Australian corner throughout and his frustrations can’t have been helped by the way Bautista Agut was playing.
If there’s ever been a player that is the antithesis of Kyrgios, it’s Bautista Agut.
Kyrgios is all flair. Agut is all business.
Kyrgios has the fresh haircut. Agut has the short back and sides.
Kyrgios has every shot in the book while it seems Bautista Agut’s only weapon is his wall-like approach.
You only needed one statistic to understand the gulf in class between the pair in the first set.
Kyrgios made 13 unforced errors. Many of those came in situations where he could have put the point away. Bautista Agut made just two.
The Australian No.2 started the second set in much better fashion. His serve found its rhythm but he failed to make any indent on Bautista Agut’s serve.
Kyrgios’ second service game looked like it may have been a turning point. He started to settle into backcourt duels with the Spaniard and finally, made an indent on his serve.
Bautista Agut responded after being forced to deuce and then, broke Kyrgios in controversial circumstances. The Australian star appeared to clock a 207km/hr ace to save a break point at 2-2.
Kyrgios and the sell-out crowd erupted but the chair umpire deemed the ball touched the net on the way over. Like clockwork, Kyrgios lost the point.
He broke a racquet in front of the Australian corner and told Lleyton Hewitt the ‘let’ decision was ‘f***ing bullshit. And that was that.
Bautista Agut held his nerve. He served out the match with as little fanfare as you will see on a big stage.
The Kyrgios circus rolls on.
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.