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Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in entertaining battle

Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in entertaining battle

Tsonga kept his head up, though, and broke midway through the second as he reeled off 18 straight points on serve to level the match.

A tense moment which saw Tsonga scream at a spectator briefly marred the clash as the Frenchman copped a warning. "I'm looking forward to going out there and battling it out with him".

Nadal reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with the 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win.

Australia has waited 42 years for a new men's champion, so expectations will rise again following Kyrgios's impressive four-set win, a third successive match without a major meltdown for the hot-headed 22-year-old. Though there were chances for both men to break in the fourth set, neither was able to take advantage of those opportunities, and another tiebreak commenced.

The explosive Australian 17th seed was in control, winning 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), but had to cope with an attention-seeking disruptive fan, an inoperative court microphone and a helicopter hovering persistently over the chaotic Hisense Arena. Tsonga hit an unforced forehand error into the net and sent the crowd wild as Kyrgios jumped around in elation.

During a post-match interview on court, Kyrgios declared his love for the American actor.




"Because on the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, 'You are under pressure now, you are under pressure now, ' when I was bouncing my balls", Tsonga said.

'But then it continued so there was a little bit of concern but he was quickly ushered out'.

"You know, it's not fair". The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs (in the stands).

"I got to tell him - I have Focus on my phone and I watch it every time I have a flight".

Heavy-legged, he lost the set to his childhood hero, who once signed autographs for a 12-year-old Kyrgios during his run to the 2008 final at Melbourne Park. I think he deserved to win also. but I was also courageous and I did my job at the end. With his game already, he can do some damage. Five-time major victor Maria Sharapova and former Australian and U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber are playing each other Saturday. "I just needed to stay calm and composed, go with the flow". So that is the most important.

One video titled "Public dare challenge" sees Zhu and some fellow pranksters dressed in nappies walking through a Melbourne mall and singing Christmas carols, another shows him making a mess in a book store by jumping onto a display shirtless and wearing a G-string. I think that was the greatest thing I've done in my life, ' he said.


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