Nick Kyrgios loses to Rafael Nadal and gets fined $25,000

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Nick Kyrgios loses to Rafael Nadal and gets fined $25,000

After numerous tantrums in the past, Nick Kyrgios is trying to control his temper and play with more calmness in the current season. Still, temperament Aussie can not control his emotions all the time, receiving a $10,000 fine at the Australian Open and increasing the number to $25,000 at the last week's Indian Wells.

The ATP fined Kyrgios for his incidents in the quarter-final duel against Rafael Nadal. The organization fined him $20,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after throwing his racquet towards a ball boy at the end of the match and $5,000 for an audible obscenity.

Kyrgios gave Nadal a run for his money in the desert, with the Spaniard prevailing 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 46 minutes. Rafa took only two points more than Nick and lost serve twice. The Spaniard also grabbed two breaks and prevailed in the crucial moments to advance into the 76th Masters 1000 semi-final.

Kyrgios made a better start and earned a break in the encounter's third game after Nadal's double fault. Nick fired an ace to open a 4-2 gap and cracked a forehand down the line winner in game eight to remain in front and move closer to the finish line.

Nadal earned the first break chance in the last moment at 4-5 and seized it after the rival's loose forehand to level the score and extend the battle.

Rafael Nadal defeated Nick Kyrgios in three sets in Indian Wells.

Losing ground after being so close, Nick lost the tie break 7-0 after a code violation and a point penalty.

The Aussie kept his composure during the rest of the clash, serving well in set number two and keeping the pressure on the other side. Rafa delivered five fine holds and looked good to introduce the second tie break at 5-6.

Instead, Kyrgios broke him at 15 with a behind-the-back backhand volley winner to take the set 7-5 and force a decider in just under two hours. Nadal saved two break points in the final set's second game to end his downfall and gain a necessary boost.

Kyrgios survived the fifth game before hitting a costly double fault at 3-3 to hurt his chances and give serve away. Nadal held at love with a forehand winner for 5-3 and emerged at the top with a smash winner in game ten for a place in the semis.