Fans outraged at t-shirt worn by Nick Kyrgios' brother
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 19, 2018,
Jan 19, 2018, 1:43
Pre-tournament, Kerber was coming off a horrid 2017 season which saw her finish the year outside the top 20 for the first time since 2011, while Sharapova is still climbing back up the rankings after serving a 15-month doping suspension.
Local hope Nick Kyrgios has been elevated to the Rod Laver Arena for his meeting with childhood hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open on Friday, when Melbourne Park is again expected to swelter.
The mercurial Australian backed up his sublime opening round performance with another spectacular victory over Viktor Troicki.
Subsequently broken in the next game, Kyrgios managed to re-group in the tie-break to win six of the first seven points. Kyrgios has been untouchable with his serve in 2018 and is putting a ton of pressure on his opponent to play a ideal match. Out of nowhere, the Serbian had manufactured break points for himself for the first time in the contest which he managed to take.
The 17th seed local had to battle through a shrieking fan, malfunctioning umpire's microphone and a helicopter that flew over early in the second set and it was his control amidst all that which made this victory impressive.
In women's play, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will be looking for a more routine match against Kiki Bertens. "I'm just going to learn from it and keep going". The chair umpire's microphone was not working so it was hard to hear calls and there was also helicopters overhead which were so loud you could barely hear the ball being struck off the strings.
Not even a noisy helicopter overhead, was enough to put Australia's Nick Kyrgios off his Australian Open game against Troicki.
Tsonga has defeated Kevin King in the first round, before being pushed to five sets by Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday. Kyrgios will start as the favorite in this match because he will have more gas in the tank than the 32-year-old Tsonga. Tsonga is usually consistent and one of the better servers in the game, but he struggled big time with his second serve and looked nonchalant at times.
"For me, I think it was an advantage to play him for the second time because I knew he was able to do things, insane things like he did today", Tsonga said. Now the Australian will have a chance to get revenge on his home turf. "Finally, in the second set, I realized that I could not keep playing".