Kyrgios wins thriller to renew Nadal rivalry

Kyrgios prevails 10-8 in final-set tiebreak to win longest match of his career

Last Updated: 25/01/20 12:47pm

Nick Kyrgios was pushed the distance by Karen Khachanov, before winning the longest match of his career
Nick Kyrgios was pushed the distance by Karen Khachanov, before winning the longest match of his career

Nick Kyrgios will renew his rivalry with Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the Australian Open after winning a five-set thriller on a final-set tie-break against Karen Khachanov.

The Australian 23rd seed appeared in complete control when he led by two sets to love and a break but Khachanov saved a match point in both the third and fourth sets to force a deciding set.

Kyrgios, 24, twice held his serve to love to stay in the fifth set before he won the deciding tie-break to clinch a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (10-8) win after four hours and 26 minutes.

Earlier, top seed Nadal marched into the last 16 – for the 13th time in his career – with a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-4 win against fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

It will be the eighth meeting between Kyrgios and Nadal, with the Spaniard leading 4-3 after the world No 1 won in four thrilling sets in their most recent encounter at Wimbledon last year.

On facing Nadal, Kyrgios said: “He has a winning record against me. Whatever happens between us, he’s an amazing player, arguably the greatest of all time.

“I’m going to do everything I can to get ready and hopefully it will be enough.”

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Source : Sky Sports