Kyrgios earned his second career victory over a world No 1 in Montreal earlier this week, upsetting defending champion Medvedev in three sets. In the days after their blockbuster clash, footage has surfaced showing the Russian being heckled by a spectator who chanted “loser” as the 26-year-old left the stadium following the match.
Medvedev can be seen stopping in his tracks to turn back and walk towards the fan in question, confronting him as people in the crowd shout at the man to apologise. And Kyrgios has become the latest star to weigh in on the incident, defending the US Open champion.
“Disgusting behaviour,” he wrote in a tweet quoting the video, adding a sad face. “This is the best we have in the sport, fans need to show some respect.”
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But last year’s Canadian Open champion was gracious in defeat as he credited Kyrgios for his performance. “He was great. He was playing good. He beat me fairly, if we can say [it] like this,” he said of the world No 37.
And the pair are on a collision course at next week’s Cincinnati Masters, where they could meet in the quarter-finals should they both get that far. “I feel like we know each other’s games well,” Kyrgios said of their matchup after their clash. “I’m not the type of player that goes into this match looking at rankings or anything like that, it’s just who I’m playing and what kind of ball they’re giving me.”