Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Open doubles to focus on singles title

Sheri Evans
January 21, 2018

Away from his favoured Hisense Arena where he draws energy from the raucous atmosphere, the 17th seed reined supreme in the tiebreaks, downing former finalist Tsonga 7-6 (5) 4-6 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5) on the floodlit centre court.

The Spanish superstar tore past No. 28 seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia & Herzegovina 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 on Margaret Court Arena to reach the fourth round for the 11th time.

Another notable seeded player exiting the Australian Open in second-round was Briton No. 9 seed Johanna Konta, who crashed out to American world number 123 Bernarda Pera, 6-4 7-5.

But the Australian roared back brilliantly, raising a match point by reeling Tsonga forward with a deftly placed drop shot and volleying his scooped recovery into an open court.

Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios beat his childhood hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 in the third round.

Seeded third behind only Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer, Dimitrov arrived at Melbourne Park as the challenger considered most likely to break the legendary duo's year-long domination of grand slam tennis. Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk holds a ice pack on her face during a break in her third round match against compatriot Elina Svitolina at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

"This is the first time at the Open - this is my first Slam", said Smith, who planned to watch top-ranked Rafael Nadal on nearby Margaret Court Arena but chose to stick around on the main show court.

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No 3 seed Grigor Dimitrov is also through.

Briton Kyle Edmund was congratulated on social media by Andy Murray after beating Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 in a match that lasted more than three and a half hours.

"I tried to reset and focus on the next match", Bencic said.

"But when I see him inside those lines, he's one of the few guys you'd pay to watch".

"Well, a lot", she said. The Dane saved two match points and rallied from 5-1 down in an epic third set to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive. "I'm happy to get through".

The Australian Open junior champion previous year, who entered the season-opening major ranked No. 521, Kostyuk became the youngest player since Martina Hingis in 1996 to win main draw matches at the season-opening major.

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