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Medvedev defuses Kyrgios fireworks to advance in Melbourne

Russia's Daniil Medvedev hits a return against Australia's Nick Kyrgios on Thursday. — AFP
Russia's Daniil Medvedev hits a return against Australia's Nick Kyrgios on Thursday. — AFP

Melbourne - The Russian world No.2 and title favourite will now face Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in the third round



By AFP

Published: Thu 20 Jan 2022, 3:45 PM

Composed Daniil Medvedev took all that mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios and the home crowd could throw at him to march into the third round at the Australian Open on Thursday.

The Russian world No.2 and title favourite served out a 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over the 115th-ranked Kyrgios in 2hr 58min.

It was a madhouse inside Rod Laver Arena with unpredictable Kyrgios dealing out all his assortment of unplayable serves and tweeners before a partisan home crowd, while embroiled in a running battle with the chair umpire.

But calculating Medvedev dealt with it all to ease through and will now face Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in the third round.

Medvedev was not happy with some of the antics of the vociferous crowd.

"I came to win this match and I am happy that I was able to do," he said on court.

"It's not your choice when you get booed between first and second serves, it's not easy, I just had to stay calm."


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