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Nick Kyrgios champs a heckler during second-round defeat

It was a typically mixed bag from Nick Kyrgios in his second-round defeat to Radu Albot at the Delray beach open.

After losing the first set 2-6, the Australian reportedly got into a verbal exchange with a crowdmember, saying ‘no one told you to be here – why don’t you do something else’.

Kyrgios would fight back to win the second set 6-3, even imitating Gael Monfils’ serving action, but his mood with stroppy fans who criticised his effort at times during the match did not improve.

After a change of linespeople also drew his sarcastic praise, the 23-year-old mocked a heckler during a break in play, clapping him off while dryly adding, “Well done champ, well done mate”.

“Good stuff, you’ve done well.”

Though Kyrgios appeared in better spirits as he danced to “Smooth criminal” during a change of ends, he would bow out of the tournament after Albot regrouped to win the final set 6-3.