Nick Kyrgios comment backfires brutally after 20-year tennis first

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Nick Kyrgios' (pictured left) during Wimbledon and (pictured right) Pablo Carreno Busta jumping in the air to celebrate winning the Canadian Open.
Fans were quick to point out Nick Kyrgios' (pictured left) comments on Pablo Carreno Busta (pictured right) after the Spaniard's first ATP Masters title in Montreal. (Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios is copping it from tennis fans after a recent comment about Pablo Carreno Busta resurfaced in the wake of the Spaniard's historic maiden ATP 1000 title in Montreal.

On Sunday, Carreno Busta became the first unseeded player to win the Canadian Open since Guilhermo Canas in 2002.

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In a thrilling final on Sunday, Carreno Busta came from a set down to defeat Polish eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-3 6-3 for his first ATP 1000 crown.

"It's an amazing feeling to be a Masters 1000 winner," Carreno Busta, who claimed his seventh tour-level title, said post-match.

"It's the best title of my career for sure and I don't know how I'm feeling in this moment.

"I know that during all the week we worked very hard, also the weeks before. It's very important to be very positive all the time. It's not my best season this year. I lost some matches that probably other seasons I didn't lose, but I just tried to continue believing in my team, in myself and in my game."

While fans were quick to praise the Spaniard, many also harked back to Kyrgios' comments about the 31-year-old Spanish player.

In 2020, Kyrgios took a sly dig at Carreno Busta on social media and claimed the Spaniard relied heavily on clay for his ranking.

"If clay didn't exist, dude wouldn't have even been close to top 50," the Aussie said.

Carreno Busta hit back at the time, which sparked Kyrgios to bring up his winning head-to-head record between the pair.

Now, fans have taken to social media to point out that Carreno Busta has enjoyed plenty of success on hard court surfaces in recent times, including winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

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Having come through a gruelling semi-final encounter with Brit Daniel Evans to reach his first ATP 1000 final in singles, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist struggled to deal with his opponent's impressive slew of aces in the first set, and saw his serve broken in the sixth game.

But a ruthless start to the second set saw the 23rd-ranked Carreno Busta break early, racing out to a 3-0 lead and holding his nerve to keep the gap to his Polish opponent, who was chasing a second ATP 1000 crown.

World No.10 Hurkacz attempted to rally with a fine start to the third set, but another loss of serve effectively stalled his momentum and Carreno Busta was able to take the victory.

Pablo Carreno Busta, pictured here with the trophy after winning the Canadian Open.
Pablo Carreno Busta poses with the trophy after winning the Canadian Open. (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Hurkacz was all class in defeat.

"He definitely was playing really amazing this week," Hurkacz said.

"I congratulate him because that's his biggest success so far. He definitely deserved it."

The title triumph marks a much-needed boost for the 31-year-old Carreno Busta, who suffered first-round exits at the French Open and Wimbledon after making the last-16 at the Australian Open in January.

with AAP

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