"They're a nasty team to beat here," Nikola Mektic told press following a tough second-round exit to Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis. According to Kyrgios, things got even nastier off the court between the two teams when an alleged fight threat was made by Mektic and Pavic's coach.
Kyrgios took to Twitter to explain his side of the story.
"Just letting you know after yesterday’s chop fest in doubles my opponents coach and trainer proceeded to threaten to fight in the players gym tennis is a soft soft sport all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball," the Aussie wrote. Mektic and Pavic haven't addressed Kyrgios' statements on Twitter and it's all speculation as of now, but one thing is for sure—the Croats were not happy with Thursday's on-court environment.
Very similar to Kyrgios' second-round tussle with No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev the crowd was very rowdy to the point that the chair umpire asked the crowd to settle down on multiple occasions. Medvedev managed to move past the world No. 115, but admitted it was difficult battling both Kyrgios and the crowd. Medvedev explained, "It's not easy to play against the crowd. These matches, are not easy to play."