Nick Kyrgios Indian Wells 2022

‘I hear no talking now!’ – Nick Kyrgios reignites Casper Ruud feud after Indian Wells win

Nick Kyrgios seemingly had the last laugh in his rivalry with Casper Ruud after he beat the Norwegian convincingly at the Indian Wells Masters.

Australian Open doubles winner Kyrgios comfortably dispatched World number eight Ruud 6-4, 6-4 as the rankings underdog and was dominant throughout their encounter.

Despite the match being just their second ever meeting, the pair already have a tense history.

Three years ago, the Norwegian number one previously labelled World number 132 Kyrgios an “idiot on the court” and called for the Australian to receive a six-month ban after he was disqualified for throwing a chair during the Italian Open.

To which Kyrgios replied via Twitter “next time you have something to say, I would appreciate you say it to my face, I’m sure you wouldn’t run your mouth so much after that.

“Until then I will continue to rather watch paint dry then watch you play tennis, boring af [as f*ck].

“But again, I also understand why you have to keep my name in your mouth, because people don’t even realise that you play tennis. Good luck in Milan champ x”

At this year’s Indian Wells Masters, eyes turned to their third round tie as it was the first time the duo had met since their infamous meeting in Rome in 2019.

Whilst there were no confrontations during the match and the handshake at the net remained friendly, Kyrgios referenced the rivalry in the post-match press conference when he stared directly at the camera and said “I hear no talking now. None. F*ck*ng none.”

Kyrgios will go on to face promising Italian prospect Jannik Sinner in the round of 16 after he beat Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.

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