Nick Kyrgios took a fresh dig at newly-crowned Canadian Open champion Pablo Carreno Busta after he was reminded of their war of words a couple of years ago. The Aussie reminded everyone of his superior head-to-head record against the Spaniard and it did not go down well with the tennis fan community.
Kyrgios' old comments disregarding Carreno Busta's record on surfaces other than clay became a talking point on social media in light of the Spaniard's Canadian Open title win. The Spaniard now has a Masters 1000 title and an Olympic bronze medal, both on hard courts.
After a post on Twitter recalled Kyrgios' comments and showed how Carreno Busta has been more successful than Kyrgios on hard courts, Kyrgios hit back by showing off his 3-0 win-loss record against the Spaniard.
"Nah I’m good, our head to head is a laugh," read Kyrgios' reply to a tweet by 'We Are Tennis'.
The Wimbledon finalist's sly dig at the Canadian Open champion drew the wrath of tennis fans, many of whom criticized Kyrgios for using his head-to-head record against the Spaniard as a measure of success and for disregarding Carreno Busta's achievement.
"Novak Djokovic, this the kinda person you want to have dinner with?" a fan wrote on Twitter.
Carreno Busta is a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist and both those results came on hard courts at the US Open. He defeated the likes of Marin Cilic, Daniil Medvedev, and Novak Djokovic en route to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year, which was also played on hard courts.
"Stop talking about Pablo he’s literally never done anything to you??? Why do you continue to belittle him any chance you get??" another fan tweeted.
Here are a few more reactions to Nick Kyrgios' latest dig at Pablo Carreno Busta:
A look back at the fued between Nick Kyrgios and Pablo Carreno Busta
It all started at the 2020 US Open after Pablo Carreno Busta reached the fourth round. Kyrgios suggested that the Spaniard would be nowhere near the top 50 in men's tennis if not for clay court tournaments. Kyrgios' statement led to a back-and-forth between the two players.
Carreno Busta hit back by suggesting that the Aussie had commented out of 'boredom' as he was not playing any tournaments at the time.
The Aussie replied to the same by posting an image of their head-to-head record, which at the time was 2-0 in his favor.
Since then, Kyrgios and Carreno Busta have faced off just once and Kyrgios won the match in straight sets (2022 Halle Open quarterfinals).
At the 2022 Canadian Open, Kyrgios lost in the quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz, whom Carreno Busta beat in the final to clinch the title. The Spaniard also defeated the likes of Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner, and Dan Evans, among others, en route to the title.