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Kyrgios and Kokkinakis in spat with Verdasco at Miami Open

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Nick Kyrgios and Fernando Verdasco have been involved in a Twitter spat after the Spaniard's victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open.

Verdasco overcame Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in a tense third-round tussle, which included a heated exchange between the pair about the conduct of the Australian qualifier's father during the match.

During the almost three-hour showdown, Kyrgios tweeted: "I hope TK wins this match, Verdasco is the saltiest dude, must be frustrated at his past success against Aussies."

Nick Kyrgios puts his hand up in the direction of the chair umpire at the Miami Open.

The tweet was deleted after Kokkinakis, who won a deciding tiebreaker to knock world number one Roger Federer out of the Masters 1000 event in the second round, was unable to get over the line against Verdasco.

Verdasco later responded to Kyrgios on Twitter, questioning the Australian's "courage" to delete the tweet.

External Link: @FerVerdasco tweets: @NickKyrgios when you have the courage to put a tweet insulting another player you need to have the same to dont delete it.

Kyrgios replied in kind, explaining why he deleted the tweet and highlighting he had been blocked by Verdasco.

External Link: @NickKyrgios tweets

Midway through the third set of the round of 32 clash, Kokkinakis took exception to the 31st seed disrupting him during his service motion and complained to the chair umpire at the change of ends.

Verdasco countered that a person behind him in the crowd, who he thought was Kokkinakis' coach, was constantly talking and disrupting him during his first and second serve.

After a lengthy row, Verdasco said to Kokkinakis: "I'm not trying to disrespect you, I'm not talking about you, I'm talking about the guy in the crowd."

Thanasi Kokkinakis hits a forehand to Fernando Verdasco at Miami Open.

When Kokkinakis identified that it was his father who Verdasco was referring to, he replied: "That is affecting me. That's my f***ing dad."

Verdasco rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third set and again from 3-0 down in the tiebreaker.

After the match, the pair engaged in a frosty handshake.

External Link: @TennisTV tweets: That was something else…

It was much smoother on court for 17th seed Kyrgios, who cruised to a routine 6-3, 6-3 win over 15th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini, requiring just 66 minutes to progress.

Kyrgios will meet fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the round of 16.

AP

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