Kyrgios prevails 10-8 in final-set tiebreak to win longest match of his career
Last Updated: 25/01/20 12:47pm
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