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Ball Kid Recoils In Fright After Brutal Australian Open Racquet Smash

It wasn't just the tennis balls getting smashed at the Australian Open, with world number four Alexander Zverev startling a ball kid as he shattered his racquet in his round of 16 match against Milos Raonic.

Zverev is known as one of tennis' most talented prodigies and at just 21 years old has a bright future in the game.

This will be a moment the young German will be hoping to forget though.

After being completely outplayed by his big-serving opponent Milos Raonic, he lost his cool.

All seemed well as he walked over to his chair in the second set at four games to one down. But then it all went wrong.

The remains of Zverv's racquet after it was smashed on the court. (Image AAP)

As a pair of ball kids walked past Zverev he started to violently smash his racket against the floor over and over until it was nothing more than just a crumpled piece of plastic.

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The ball kids, needless to say, were intimidated by this display of unbridled aggression from Zverev. One even jumped out of range of any stray bits of the racquet when he went to walk past.

Raonic now moves into the quarter-finals of the tournament after an impressive performance. (Image AAP)

Things didn't get much better for the world number four afterwards, as he proceeded to lose that set and then the third in a tie-breaker to see Raonic advance to the quarter-finals at his expense, 6-1, 6-1, 7-6.

Zverev will now have to look back on a disappointing Grand Slam with little to remember but scaring some children in a fit of rage.

However, at 21 he has time on his side to make a better impression at Melbourne Park in the future.

Feature Image: AAP

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