Kyrgios slams tennis champ Marion Bartoli after she brands him ‘pathetic’

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In a stinging blast, the Frenchwoman said Kyrgios's work ethic was "just not good enough to win a grand slam", and it was "pathetic" to see the 23-year-old and Monfils failing to apply themselves in the right way.

Marion Bartoli, who won Wimbledon in 2013, launched a scathing attack on Kyrgios on Thursday, claiming he needs to grow up.

"II fel that he gave me a lot of pressure, he was serving incredible, he was really solid throughout the match, do not many insane things - I mean that's also part of his game, that makes him as good as he is, so I think he will always have to keep it - but it's always a matter of how much", Haase said of Kyrgios. Who are you to tell us how to do things, when you have no idea what we have been through? I don't know if we can do much.

"It's easy to criticise people when you don't know them".

'Even if you have all the talent in the world - which he does - I don't think he will be able to put seven matches together'.

Australian Kyrgios has yet to reach the semi-final of a Grand Slam and will play Kei Nishikori in the third round on Saturday.

"I don't think so", Bartoli said when asked if Kyrgios could take a Slam.

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While it was a light moment of humour in the match, it wasn't all sunshine and smiles and Kyrgios did let his temper get the best of him at one point.

The 15th seeded Kyrgios took just 96 minutes to defeat Haase 6-3, 6-4,7-5 serving up 19 aces and breaking his opponent four times on his way to victory.

Looking utterly disinterested, Kyrgios gifted Nishikori a second service break - and effectively the set with a 5-1 advantage - when he fired a 215kph second-serve double-fault on break point.

Kyrgios went on to win the match in straight sets and secure his place in the third round of the championships. "Grass is probably his least favourite surface".

He was excited about the prospect of an all-Aussie third round, but Bernard Tomic fell to Nishikori despite winning the opening set.

"It's hard for me to find the balance sometimes", he said after receiving a code violation for swearing against Haase and who also engaged in a running verbal battle with officials. "Hopefully we can play our best tennis".

"Yeah, it could help my game".



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