Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Kyrgios fined for colourful language at Open

Kyrgios fined for colourful language at Open

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.

A composed Kyrgios showed his growing maturity in beating a hot headed Viktor Troicki 7-5 6-4 7-6 in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

As it cooled off, third-ranked Grigor Dimitrov beat No. 30 Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to secure a spot in the fourth round against Kyrgios, who beat him at the Brisbane International last month on the way to the title.

"I have it on my phone, I watch it every time I have a flight", Kyrgios said, before revealing his real motives. Kyrgios admitted, "When I saw him [Smith] out here, I was so nervous".

"The guy was talking to me and telling me, "you are under pressure now, you are under pressure now", when I was bouncing my balls", Tsonga told reporters.

NICK Kyrgios has been fined $3765 for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fall-out to his comfortable opening-round Australian Open victory.

Kyrgios, who has a notorious on-court temperament, said he was learning self-control during the Troicki-type matches.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a five sets win over Denis Shapovalov that took 50 games to decide.

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Should both win, they'll play in a blockbuster fourth-round match on Monday.

Tsonga went on to lose to Nick Kyrgios by three sets to one.

Kyrgios incredibly fought back from 2-5 in the tiebreak to find himself at match point with 6-5. 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.

The pair have met once before, in the semi-finals in Marseille a year ago, where Tsonga won in three sets.

"Looking forward to it". The only blip in the Spaniard's performance came when he dropped serve early in the second set but he was soon back on track.

He's the only Australian player remaining in the tournament and gives the hometown fans continued hope of a men's singles victor in the tournament for the first time in 42 years.

In women's third round action, the extreme heat caused serious problems for some players. There are a lot of good players in his path, but the 22-year-old is in the mix.

"I think I lost all of them, and I played three or four".

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