Dimitrov ousts Kyrgios to advance into Australian Open quarterfinals

Nick Kyrgios won three tie-break sets to outlast Jo Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to reach the fourth round

Nick Kyrgios's Australian Open ended with a gallant fourth round defeat by an inspired Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday but the maverick talent leaves Melbourne Park after winning over a nation.

The Bulgarian's superb all-round performance was a far cry from the disjointed, error-riddled displays in the first three rounds that forced him to scrap his way to the fourth round.

"Playing Nick is always tricky", said the Bulgarian, as he targets bettering the semi-finals he made past year. I know how tough she is.

"Even serving for the match I felt it wasn't over".

"I thought I played well".

Kyrgios's serve kept him in the match, as the Australian dug out of 15-40 hole in the sixth game of the first set, saving the only three break-points in the frame, but he double-faulted on set point in the tie-break to hand the set to Dimitrov.

"Being able to play my game a little bit more, counting a little bit more on my strongest weapons". I've done it before, " he said.

Dimitrov was a beaten semi-finalist a year ago and the world number three will be fancied to at least repeat that feat this time around as he prepares to take on Briton Edmund, for whom Tuesday's clash will represent a maiden appearance in the last eight of a major tournament.

"There is no place for underestimation or anything like that", he said.

"Playing against Nick is always tricky, it's one of those matches you have to lock in and take the chances you have".

"This is what I want to progress".

"I just feel like I'm trying to get better", Kyrgios said.


Kyrgios was wildly applauded as he left Rod Laver Arena after the intense struggle, in stark contrast to last year's exit when he was booed off court after his controversial second-round loss to Andreas Seppi.

"I saw Rod (Laver) there and Johnny Mac commentating in the box and we smiled a couple of times", said Kyrgios.

"I just told him to believe in himself", explained Kyrgios after the match. "You do it in business, you do it in life, and doing it on the tennis court, I would highly suggest that to anybody".

"But I'm glad to go through the match (and win it)".

He won the Brisbane International title - including a semi final win over Dimitrov - and carried his form into the Australian Open, where he beat Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Viktor Troicki and Rogerio Dutra Silva.

"I still feel confident after losing that match". I played well; he played well.

The pair's contrasting styles made for engrossing viewing, with Dimitrov quietly going about his business and Kyrgios exploding at himself, his team and the crowd.

Dimitrov's 14 ranking positions higher than Kyrgios and four more years of experience shone through in the big moments. I told him to believe in it, and he can win a Slam'.

'I think sometimes he misses confidence.

"But I think he's got the game and he's proved to everyone that he can win one of these slams".

"I think I've just had a massive month".

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