Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios eases into round three

The outburst occurred during the 22-year-old's crushing defeat of Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva at the Australian Open on Monday

The outburst occurred during the 22-year-old's crushing defeat of Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva at the Australian Open on Monday

Australia's Nick Kyrgios stormed into the third round of the Australian Open as he outplayed Serbia's Viktor Troicki to register a straight-set victory on Wednesday.

He overcame misbehaving fans, a helicopter and technical difficulties to advance to the third round of the singles draw last night and on a day where the mercury tipped towards 40C, he was no doubt hoping to spend as little time as possible on court in securing victory.

On Margaret Court Arena, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko plays Duan Yinging and Julia Goerges, on a 15-match winning streak, tries to extend it in her match with Alize Cornet. Now the Australian will have a chance to get revenge on his home turf. The Americans deliberated before deciding to challenge.

For a brief moment, it looked like a journalist was about to pull off the impossible: leave Nick Kyrgios speechless. "They keep laughing in between lets". "It's f***ing bulls***", Kyrgios said.

"Yeah, there were a lot of things going on there today".

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These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2017 Open 13, a match Tsonga won in three sets. Kyrgios will start as the favorite in this match because he will have more gas in the tank than the 32-year-old Tsonga.

The Brisbane International victor will now lock horns with 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Round of 32.

Of all days, this was one where he didn't need to be playing doubles, but he selflessly braved the conditions anyway. So I've been walking through the streets dressed as numerous characters I've played and people still aren't recognising me!

Of course they may be some who say Kyrgios's decision to partner Reid was stupid.

A tight first set - in which Kyrgios served phenomenally but was otherwise mediocre by his standards - saw the pair trade blows until the Australian broke Troicki in the 11th game and serve it out comfortably to take the first set 7-5.

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The focal point of Kyrgios's new-found maturity was in the third set. He cursed himself in the opening game of the set and points became much more drawn out. The match took 31 games to be decided.

Keothavong, who during the final-set tie-break copped a miscued return to the head, was quick to reassure both players. Neither pair was able to break and at 6-6 the match was in the balance.

There was plenty of chuntering from Kyrgios but apart from "freaking out" after a late lapse when he dropped serve at 5-4 in the third, he stuck diligently to his task.

He then approached a man in an Australian Open shirt and asked him whether he had seen the incident and when he said he had not, he explained that a man in a white shirt - "some idiot" - had "disrupted the whole match and made a sex noise for like 40 seconds".

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