Melbourne - Nick
Kyrgios had to deal with off-court distractions as he brushed aside
Serbian Viktor Troicki in straight sets to reach the third round at the
Australian Open on Wednesday.
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.
After missing a match point and a couple of loose forehands, Kyrgios
was broken by Troicki, who forced the final set into a tiebreak.
But the 22-year-old Australian was clinical, rifling through it to hold five match points before winning 7/2.
"It was tough, there was a lot of stuff going on out there, had a
helicopter above us for three games and the (umpire) microphone wasn't
working for pretty much the whole match," Kyrgios said.
"I kind of lost my rhythm a little bit. Yeah, I thought I dealt with everything pretty well.
"I think last year I probably would have been still out on the court right now, could be losing that match," he said.
With Kyrgios about to serve early in the match, a young man in the
crowd stood up near the players' boxes and chanted loudly before he was
ushered out of the stadium by security staff.
He then had to deal with the helicopter which stayed above the unenclosed stadium for several minutes before moving on.
Kyrgios, who has a notorious on-court temperament, said he was learning self-control during the Troicki-type matches.
"I know I have to conserve my energy from the start in best-of-five
matches. Just so many ups and downs, it's draining. You want to just
conserve as much energy as you can," he said.
"I feel like obviously my game helped me in the tiebreaker. I played a pretty good level in the tiebreak."
In among all the commotion Kyrgios was in a different class to the
65th-ranked Troicki, who has reached the round of 16 five times at Grand
Kyrgios, who was slapped with a $3 000 penalty for colourful language
in his first round match, looked imperious at times, mixing up
blistering forehands with delicate touch shots to enthral the home
He will next play French 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round.
"Looking forward to it. He is one of my idols. He is a good friend of mine," Kyrgios said.
"We played last year in Marseille. He beat me in a three-set battle. It was a lot of fun.
"I've seen him play a lot. I know what he's going to bring. He knows what I'm going to bring. It's going to be a lot of fun."
Kyrgios won his first home ATP Tour title at the lead-up Brisbane
International and is looking to go further than a quarter-final
appearance in Melbourne three years ago.
Results from the Australian Open on Wednesday:
Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP x10) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-2, 3-0 ret
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) bt Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 6-1, 6-3, 6-4
Gilles Muller (LUX x23) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 3-6, 6-2
Kyle Edmund (GBR) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
Marin Cilic (CRO x6) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-1, 7-5, 6-2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x15) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5
Damir Dzumhur (BIH x28) bt John Millman (AUS) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU x31) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 4-6, 12-10
Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG x24) bt Casper Ruud (NOR) 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
Andrey Rublev (RUS x30) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2
Nick Kyrgios (AUS x17) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)
Denisa Allertova (CZE) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)
Marta Kostyuk (UKR) bt Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-3, 7-5
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x15) 6-2, 6-3
Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Luksika Kumkhum (THA) bt Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-1, 6-3
Petra Martic (CRO) bt Irina Begu (ROM) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK x19) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-4, 0-6, 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x2) bt Jana Fett (CRO) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
Magda Linette (POL) bt Darya Kasatkina (RUS x22) 7-6 (7/4), 6-2
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x7) bt Duan Yingying (CHN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-4, 6-3
Kiki Bertens (NED x30) bt Nicole Gibbs (USA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-0
Anett Kontaveit (EST x32) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Julia Gorges (GER x12) 6-4, 6-3
Carla Suarez (ESP) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2