Nick Kyrgios drops big praise on Milos Raonic after Australian Open exit


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Nick Kyrgios drops big praise on Milos Raonic after Australian Open exit

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was full of praise for Canadian Milos Raonic's serving display shown during their Australian Open first round clash. Raonic fired 30 aces, won 90 percent of his first serve points and didn't face a single break point chance on his way to claiming a 6-4 7-6 (5) 6-4 win over the Australian.

Kyrgios had to take a medical time out for his knee after losing the opening set but insists that wasn't the reason for his loss. "Yeah, I don't think that (the knee issue) was at all the reason I lost today.

He played unbelievable. Unbelievable serving. Never seen serving like that in my life. I've never been a part of it. I was just watching it literally going side to side. I was trying to mix up where I was standing, trying to move before, during, like trying to do anything," Kyrgios said post-match.

"He was in such a good rhythm on serve, I couldn't do anything. He was way too good tonight. Every time I returned, he served and volleyed. He volleyed unbelievable. He was so composed on big points, he made returns, jag returns on big points on my serve.

He was way too good for me tonight." After his Australian Open exit on Monday, Bernard Tomic launched astonishing broadside at Australian Davis Cup Team Captain Lleyton Hewitt, saying "nobody likes him anymore" and suggesting that Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis also aren't on the good terms with the captain.

When asked about Tomic's comments, Kyrgios said: "I didn't see them." When asked directly if there's a rift between him and Hewitt, Kyrgios provided a short answer: "Not really." Also read: Bernard Tomic launches astonishing broadside at Lleyton Hewitt