Australian Open

Kyrgios sets up Berdych showdown

2016-01-20 13:15
Nick Kyrgios (AP)

Melbourne - Rising Australian star Nick Kyrgios forged a straight sets win over Pablo Cuevas to set up a third round showdown with sixth seed Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The exciting 20-year-old showcased all his mercurial skills to get past the 41st-ranked Uruguayan 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (7/2) in almost two hours before a supportive home crowd on Hisense Arena.

The 29th-seeded Aussie smashed 50 winners as he broke the Uruguayan's serve four times to take the second round match.

The victory sets him up for a crack at Berdych, who has reached the last two semi-finals at Melbourne Park.

"I am very relieved to get through that in straight sets," said Kyrgios, who made the quarter-finals last year where he lost to Andy Murray.

"He's a great competitor and he's one of the best athletes on the tour.

"The crowd helped me deep in that third set, I was struggling a little bit, but the crowd really lifted me."

His brittle temperament was evident again on court at times, following a $3 000 fine for making an audible obscenity in his first round win over Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta on Monday.

Read more on:    australian open  |  nick kyrgios  |  tennis

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.