Australian Open: Kyrgios, Dimitrov through to third round

Australian Open: Kyrgios, Dimitrov through to third round

The crowd favourite was preparing to serve for the game in the second set of his second round match on Wednesday night when he was first interrupted.

The 31-year-old Troicki provided a useful gauge of Kyrgios's form and fitness, but it was the Australian's relative calmness in the face of adversity that stood out.

Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the third round of the 2018 Australian Open. The helicopter, that's when I was thinking like, 'Of course, it's at my match.

Before that late hiccup, the world No 17 was seemingly more troubled by a series of weird interruptions at Hisense Arena than by veteran Troicki.

"I think last year, the year before, I probably would have been probably still out on the court right now, could be losing that match", he said in his post-match press conference.

Kyrgios played his first two matches on his more favoured Hisense Arena but said he was ready to move on to Rod Laver Arena after a string of distractions in his match against Troicki.

From there, it looked like the Aussie would close out the match easily but, after saving a match point with a drop shot at 5-3, Troicki broke Kyrgios for the first time in the next game. Kyrgios created just one break point opportunity for himself but the entertaining Australian was clinical and took full advantage of the chance before racing to a two-set lead. "She has nothing to lose, so that's why I know she goes just for everything", Svitolina said.

Former American tennis player Jim Courier has praised Brisbane International champion and Australia's top tennis star Nick Kyrgios.

Now the maturing 22-year-old Canberran is the same age as when Tsonga made the men's final at the season-opening showpiece and says he may have finally outgrown Hisense Arena, the people's court which has been his preferred option until now.

Told it was prankster, he said: "Good on him. I'm looking forward to it, he's one of my idols".

Friday's victor will play either Bulgarian third seed Grigor Dimitrov or rising Russian Andrey Rublev for a quarter-final berth.

"Experience was crucial", said Wozniacki. I didn't really know what was going on.

"I'm happy - not because of the way I played but the way I fought".

With temperatures forecast to reach 42 Celsius (nearly 108 Fahrenheit) on Friday, Rafael Nadal might have a sense of deja vu when he sees his opponent across the net for his third-round match.

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