Kyrgios takes down idol Tsonga to reach fourth round

Kyrgios takes down idol Tsonga to reach fourth round

22-year-old Estonian Anett Kontaveit took out reigning French Open champion and No. 7 seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time.

It was a match that was full of odd distractions but Nick Kyrgios did not let them get to him.

Kyrgios, who has been a controversial figure for most of his career, divides opinion among the public Down Under, but what Australians love more than anything else is a victor.

"When I saw him out here, I was so nervous".

"The helicopter, that's when I was thinking like, of course, it's at my match".

"I served well, thought I returned pretty good, hit my forehand well, hit my backhand well", Kyrgios said. I didn't really know what was going on.

"[With Will] that was unbelievable". "No joke, he's my favourite actor. When I look at him, he is the people's hero, not the corporate hero because of the way he is on court". It was surreal seeing him. "I'm looking forward to going out there and battling it out with him". He later admitted the incident drove him "a little crazy" before losing his grip over the match. "He was really genuine".

Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over Viktor Troicki that took 35 games to decide. Tsonga was down 5-2 in the fifth set but found the inspiration and endurance to pull off a comeback victory. I said, "I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times".

Tsonga came through a marathon match against teenage sensation Denis Shapovlov as the Frenchman dug deep after finding himself two sets to one down. "Why the fuck did I play doubles?" he said, at the change of ends, referring to his effort in searing temperatures the previous day. The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs (in the stands).

"I'm exhausted but really happy", said Tsonga, who has been troubled by a calf injury in the build-up to the Open.

The match was so highly anticipated that world number one Rafael Nadal was bumped from centre court in favor of Kyrgios and moved to the smaller Margaret Court Arena.

The 17th seed dealt with a heckling spectator, a malfunctioning umpire's microphone and was even distracted by a helicopter hovering overhead but remained in control to claim an impressive 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory. Tsonga had more winners (70-54), won a higher percentage of points on first serve (87 percent to 79 percent for Kyrgios) and won more points (144-142).

A tense third followed, with neither giving much away, but it was Kyrgios again who kept his cool in the tiebreak as he marched to a 2-1 lead.

"We played a year ago in Marseille. Are you serious Australian Open?" wrote one.

In the women's draw, second seed Caroline Wozniacki beat Kiki Bertens 6-4 6-3 and fourth seed Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk's Open run.



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