Australian Open: Medvedev defeats Kyrgios to advance to third round

Daniil Medvedev defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 2-6 to advance to the third round of the Australian Open.

Daniil Medvedev in action during his second round match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios.   -  REUTERS

World number two Daniil Medvedev put an end to the Nick Kyrgios show at this year's Australian Open on Thursday, dumping out the mercurial local hope with a clinical 7-6(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory to reach the third round.

A capacity 50% crowd cheered on every Kyrgios point at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena. But despite their fanatic support, the Australian maverick could not find a way past the U.S. Open champion, who showed nerves of steel.

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An inspired Kyrgios forced a break of serve in the third set to take the match into the fourth. But Medvedev, the highest-ranked men's player remaining following Novak Djokovic's deportation, soon regained control.

A double break in the fourth set made it look easy for last year's Australian Open finalist, and he will next meet 57th-ranked Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands for a place in the fourth round.

"I came to win this match, and I am happy to do it," said Medvedev. "It's not easy when you get booed between the first and second serve. I had to stay calm."

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