Nick Kyrgios has sent a huge message to his Wimbledon rivals, breezing past Filip Krajinovic in the second round.
The 27-year-old completely outclassed the 24th seed, scoring a huge 6-2 6-3 6-1 victory in less than 90 minutes, setting up a huge third-round clash.
Kyrgios will now take on Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas – and given the lack of big names on that side of the draw, a win over the No.4 seed could see him advance deep into the tournament.
It comes just days after the Aussie was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, after his five-set first-round match saw Kyrgios embroiled in arguments with just about everyone he could find.
And in the wake of his stellar victory over Krajinovic, Kyrgios has been sanctioned for his actions in the first-round win over Paul Jubb.
Kyrgios has been slapped with a £8,211 ($14,500 AUD) fine for his antics in the match, which included spitting towards a spectator and arguing with line judges.
But speaking on court after his win, Kyrgios gave a friendly reminder to the tennis world that his best as is as good as anyone on the tour.
“I’ve been playing some really good tennis over the last month,” he said.
“I was really surprised the way I played the other day, it wasn’t great.
“There was a lot of positives – I didn’t play anywhere near my best and got through it.
“Today obviously, I was kind of in my zone and just great body language and just played well.
“I just wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good.”
“I just wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good”
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Kyrgios was at his powerful best during the win, firing home 24 aces and 50 winners against the Serbian star.
During his post-match press conference, Kyrgios took aim at the media following a tense exchange with a journalist earlier in the week, but admitted there would likely be less negativity following an impressive performance.
“I just feel like people just don’t give me the respect sometimes because of other things that I do,” he said.
“There was just nothing the media possibly could tell me I did wrong today.
“I just know that you can’t possibly ask me anything and stir anything up. And I love it because then you can’t write anything. What are you going to say? Nothing today. Dumbfounded, all of you.
“I just feel like I’m comfortable in my own skin. Some people love to just tear me down. It’s just not possible anymore.”