Nick Kyrgios in madness, Nadal in control

published by , saturday 25/01/2020 14:00


Nick Kyrgios won a spectacular and tense madness match on Saturday in the third round of the Australian Open where Rafael Nadal delivered his "best game". Good news: the two players will compete in the 8th finals!

The world No.1, who admitted to having followed the epic qualification until the middle of the night Roger Federer, nevertheless swept a few hours later his compatriot Pablo Carreno (30th) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

"There is a huge difference between today and the previous days. I served well and started to create faults with my forehand," said the Spaniard, looking for a 20th major trophy in Melbourne to match the record held by Roger Federer.

But the highlight of the day, the total spectacle, the madness match, took place in the evening in the Melbourne Arena between Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov.

The Australian won after 4:26 of a spectacular and tense fight that ended in the super tie break 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (6/8), 6- 7 (7/9), 7-6 (10/8).

Besides the spectacular shots, the unnecessary but amusing shots, sometimes effective, sometimes losing, besides the dives, besides the self-invective and anger against the referee, Kyrgios delivered a match of extraordinary tension during which Khachanov gave him a tailor-made reply. "He is an absolute warrior," said Kyrgios, saying that the victory was "without doubt one of the most beautiful in (his) career".

– 40kg per leg –

"Each of my legs weighs 40 kg," he said.

And mentally, we had to be damn solid, especially after missing a match point in the 3rd set, then another in the 4th, and see Khachanov two points from the match in the super tie break with two services to follow (8-7 for Russian). But it was the Australian who aligned three points in a row, including the first two on opposing service, to qualify.

The first qualifier of the day in the men's table was the French Gaël Monfils who dominated the Latvian Ernests Gulbis (256e) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-3.

"I'm very happy with the way I played," said the 33-year-old Parisian before leaving the court.

It must be said that Gulbis, if he is today 256th in the world, lived much more glorious seasons which took him to the semi-finals at Roland-Garros and in the World Top 10. But it was in 2014 and now the 10th in the world is Monfils.

– The massacre continues –

Also qualified the Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, as well as Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stan Wawrinka. The latter benefited from the abandonment of John Isner.

The day after the premature elimination of the title holder Naomi Osaka and the favorite Serena williams, who was looking for a 24th record Grand Slam title, these are the world No.2 Karolina Pliskova, N.5 Elina Svitolina and N.7 Belinda Bencic who left the tournament on Saturday.

So that at the end of the 3rd round, the women's table has only four of its top ten seeds: Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra kvitova and Kiki Bertens.

For Pliskova, this defeat in the first week puts an abrupt end to a nice series at the Australian Open: since 2013, it had always progressed or done at least as well from one year to the next. Eliminated in the 1st round in 2013, it reached the 2nd in 2014, then the 3rd in 2015 and 2016, the quarter-finals in 2017 and 2018, and the semi-finals in 2019.

Halep, she qualified without problem for the 8th at the expense of Kazakhe Yulia Putintseva (38e) 6-1, 6-4. The Romanian had been beaten last year in 8th in Melbourne by Serena williams, a year after losing in the final to Caroline Wozniacki.

Source: hooly News