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Kyrgios disqualified as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic advance in Rome

AFP  |  Rome 

Australian firebrand was disqualified from the Italian Open after an expletive-laden rant on Thursday as defending champion swept into the third round along with top seed and

Kyrgios grabbed the headlines when he suffered a spectacular meltdown on Court Three against Norwegian

The controversial 24-year-old, who had marked his presence in by criticising Djokovic and Nadal in an interview on Wednesday, starting arguing with the umpire in the third set.

World number 36 Kyrgios had levelled the match at one set all but was given a game penalty early on in the third set for swearing.

His response was to kick out at a water bottle before throwing a onto the court, packing his bag and then storming off court, shouting I am fucking done''

Kyrgios was automatically disqualified with Ruud winning 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 to advance to the third round against former champion

Kyrgios had already been at the centre of controversy during Wednesday's washout when he told the Podcast that Djokovic had "a sick obsession with wanting to be liked" and that the Serb's post-match celebration was "cringeworthy".

Nadal was described by the Australian as "super-salty". Meanwhile, Nadal crushed France's 6-0, 6-1, with Federer, a four-time runner-up, easing past Portugal's 6-4, 6-3, and Djokovic beating Canadian 6-1, 6-3.

All three are in action again later in the day to make up time after play was washed out on Wednesday.

Nadal meets Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, with Federer up against Croatian Borna Coric, and Djokovic facing Germany's

For 37-year-old Federer, returning to for the first time since 2016, it was like a practice session.

"Like any other practice day when you play twice a day, you finish the first session, take a shower, eat something, relax, get ready for the next one," said the 20-time winner.

"I think it gives me some good information. I believe it's going to be similar conditions in the match this afternoon."

Nadal said it was a "good start" as he targets a first title on clay this season before he starts the defence of his crown from May 26.

"That's important for what's coming up," said the eight-time winner. World number four slammed tournament organisers after he was dumped out 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 by Spain's

Austrian Thiem complained competitors were left hanging around during the rain-impacted day 24 hours earlier.

"I really dislike how we players get treated at this tournament because yesterday was, in my opinion, not acceptable," said last year's runner-up.

"I'm quite pissed about it. I was tired, exhausted, today because of all these shitty things," he added.

Japan's Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, got past American 6-2, 6-4 and next meets

- Osaka clinches top seed -


In the women's competition, world number one fought back after losing her serve early to ease past 6-3, 6-3 against the 33rd-ranked Slovak who she also beat last week in

The Japanese star hit 44 winners and 12 aces, despite 25 unforced errors.

Osaka, the and champion, reached the third round in for the first time in three appearances.

She was at risk of losing her world number one ranking to but the Romanian was knocked out by Czech teenager losing 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 having needed to win the tournament to regain top spot she last held in mid-January. Halep's defeat also guarantees Osaka's top seed at

Next up for the Japanese on the clay of the Foro Italico is Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Czech second seed eased past of 6-0, 6-1.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 22:46 IST