Kyrgios through after intriguing battle with Tsonga

Nick Kyrgios Stitched Up His New Fan Will Smith At The Australian Open

Common sense finally prevailed after former world No.1 and two-time Open champion Jim Courier urged the Australian No.1 to ditch the doubles if he wants to progress deeper into the singles event. "I guess it's just how you guys (media) perceive it".

Dimitrov will next face either 17th seed Nick Kyrgios or 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who play later on Friday evening. The 17th-seeded Kyrgios won the last five points after falling behind 5-2 in the tiebreaker.

For an Australian public desperate to see a first home-grown victor of the mens title since Mark Edmondson in 1976, Kyrgios could be the redemption story of the tournament.

"Playing Jo, obviously I was very nervous". Kyrgios said he's doing nothing special to change his image: "It's not something I wake up and I'm like, "Look, today I'm going to try to change the perception".

Then he gave a nod to Smith, the actor he would pick to play the role of Kyrgios if there was a movie to be made. "No joke", Kyrgios said. "People think Im cool, but I wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever".

The Rublev match began in the hottest part of a day when temperatures peaked at 40.2 degres, but Dimitrov refused to use the extreme heat at Melbourne Park as an excuse.

The Kyrgios-Tsonga match pushed top-ranked Rafael Nadal onto the No. 2 court at Melbourne Park for his match against Damir Dzumhur.

But Dimitrov, who finished an impressive 2017 campaign with a win in the ATP Finals in London, is unfazed. That chance will be against 24th seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman for a place in the quarter-finals. Nadal reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with the 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win.


The youngest player in the tournament and the oldest player in the men's draw went out on Day 5.

Fourth seeded woman Elina Svitolina also kept her title dreams alive by ending the hopes of young teenage pretender Marta Kostyuk.

No. 2 Roger Federer beat No. 29 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 7-5, 6-4; Chung Hyeon beat No. 4 Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0; No. 5 Dominic Thiem beat No. 26 Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5; No. 14 Novak Djokovic beat No. 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-3, 6-3; No. 19 Tomas Berdych beat No. 12 Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-3, 6-2; No. 25 Fabio Fognini beat Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Her reward is a match against Belgium´s Elise Mertens, who beat struggling Alize Cornet of France in two tough sets.

"The policy is from consultation with the players", he said. "I feel like I'm making improvements", he said. "Playing in this condition is of course very risky".

Despite being the second seed, Caroline Wozniacki has not impressed so far.

"I think the adrenaline kicked in the third and fourth sets (against Tsonga)".

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