Early Greek Departures from Australian Open

Delia Watkins
January 20, 2018

Yelling in French at the offending fan, Tsonga ignored the chair umpire's warnings to calm down and was given a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In what is set to be one of the most intriguing matches of the Australian Open so far, our last man standing, Nick Kyrgios, will square off with former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday night.

"That's it. I lost it and I drive a little bit insane".

"It's not fair. It's not fair. I guess it's just how you guys perceive me". In Wednesday evening's second round win against Serb Victor Troicki, Kyrgios drew praise not only for the 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 win, but also for his composure throughout a match which threw up several distractions to both players including a serial pest, a noisy overhead helicopter and a faulty umpire's microphone which produced distracting feedback.

"There's always nerves in a tennis match", Shapovalov said of the blown fifth-set lead. "I didn't really get a look at many second serves at all".

"But to go out there in front of the crowd again, just trying to play well, I was a bit nervous". Tsonga didn't start playing with energy until the fourth set tiebreak, and he still almost lost the fifth set before making a monster comeback to steal the match.

"It's going to be fun", Kyrgios told reporters in his post match press conference.

"As if we don't see enough gambling advertisements, we now have Nick Kyrgios' brother acting as a human billboard in the player's box".

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Kyrgios, who had spoken before the match of how he idolised Tsonga when he was younger and got his autograph every day during the 2008 Australian Open, ticked off an item off his bucket list by defeating the Frenchman in four tight sets.

Having eliminated Tsonga, Kyrgios now progresses to the fourth round where he takes on number three world ranked Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday.

"Yeah, I think I'm ready for it".

"Physically I am feeling good and the heat didn't scare me".

One video titled "Public dare challenge" sees Zhu and some fellow pranksters dressed in nappies walking through a Melbourne mall and singing Christmas carols, another shows him making a mess in a book store by jumping onto a display shirtless and wearing a G-string.

After an early trade of breaks, the match fell into a rhythm favouring the servers - with just one more for the entire match.

The match was full of dramatic and thrilling moments, and it finished with a brilliant on-court interview with Kyrgios. "I played a pretty good level in the tiebreak".

Kyrgios, branded with that tag a long time ago, had no answers for Tsonga's serve but kept holding himself before bravely saving a set point with a stunning forehand. Wozniacki was down 5-1 and facing two match points during the second-round clash on Rod Laver Arena before the second seed rallied to avoid a stunning upset, prevailing 3-6 6-2 7-5.

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