Australian Open 2016: Nick Kyrgios. Mercurial or misfit?

Entertainer or out of control? Mercurial or misfit? Emotional or just petulant?

Nick Kyrgios went out of the Australian Open third round in style, throwing his racquet, shouting at the umpire and charming the crowd during his 3-1 defeat by Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

The 20-year-old has yet to progress past the quarter-finals of any major but he is fast becoming one of tennis's most exciting characters...

Frustration

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Cricket? He clearly likes to mix it up a bit - you're supposed to hit the ball with the strings, Nick...
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Boxing? Kyrgios looked up for a fight
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Wrestling: Kyrgios sent his racquet to the court on numerous occasions as Berdych took an early two-set lead

Anger

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At 5-3 down in the second set, Kyrgios starts an argument with the umpire after complaining he could hear music in the background
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The argument continues over three games as Berdych takes advantage and seals the set

Arrogance

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The Australian produced some stunning tennis as he won the third set 6-1 - including numerous aces
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Kyrgios' early frustration turned to enjoyment as he revelled in the home crowd getting behind him

Entertainment

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"You asked for an ace, I gave you an ace." In the fourth set at break point down, someone in the crowd on Rod Laver Arena calls for an ace from Kyrgios - he duly obliges
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Kyrgios is not shy in talking to people in the crowd, no wonder they feed on his energy

He gets you talking

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Not everyone is a fan of Kyrgios' antics
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Is Nick Kyrgios fulfilling his potential? Some think not
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Some love watching the Australian play though

Who do you want to be Nick?

Jimmy Connors, Nick Kyrgios, John McEnroe
Nick Kyrgios is a man of many faces. On the one hand he argues with umpires and shows his frustrations on court, while on the other he enjoys being the showman who engages with the crowd. So who do you want to be, Nick? John McEnroe (right) or Jimmy Connors (left). You decide

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