Nick Kyrgios to renew Rafael Nadal rivalry in Australian Open fourth round
After winning a thriller nick Kyrgios will renew his rivalry with Rafael Nadal at the fourth round of the Australian Open.
When he led by two sets to love along with a 19, the 23rd seed appeared in control but Khachanov saved a match point in the fourth and third places to force a deciding set.
Kyrgios, 24, twice held his serve to want to remain in the fifth place until 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 weeks and 26 minutes.
Earlier, top seed Nadal marched with a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-4 win against fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta – into the last 16 – for the 13th time in his career.
It’ll be the eighth meeting involving Nadal and Kyrgios, using the Spaniard following the world No 1 gained in four sets in their most recent experience last year.
On facing Nadal, Kyrgios explained:”He has a winning record . Whatever happens between people, he’s an wonderful player.
“I’m going to do whatever I can to get ready and hopefully it will be enough.”
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