Nick Kyrgios fights back to defeat Karen Khachanov 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 7-6(8)
Incredible. Kyrgios reaches the fourth round of the Australian Open for the fourth time. He will face Rafael Nadal.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 6-6 (*9-8) Karen Khachanov: Match point Kyrgios!
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 6-6 (8-8*) Karen Khachanov: Astonishing. After a long rally, Kyrgios steps in and crushes a backhand down the line winner to scupper the mini-break.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 6-6 (7-8*) Karen Khachanov: Khachanov snatches the decisive mini-break with a brilliant crosscourt forehand. He now has two serves to win it!
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 6-6 (6-6*) Karen Khachanov: Still there is nothing to separate these two. Khachanov crushed a backhand crosscourt to win his fourth consecutive point for *4-3. Kyrgios snatched the mini-break back with a booming forehand crosscourt winner for 4-4. Khachanov edged ahead at 5-4 with a great overhead, but Kyrgios responded with two brilliant serving points for 6-5. At 6-5, the Russian crushed an unreturned serve to level the tiebreak.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 6-6 (*3-3) Karen Khachanov: All level at the break, After looking like he could run a marathon throughout the regular set, Khachanov opened with two poor errors to hand over the first mini-break. Kyrgios extended his lead to 3-0* with a glorious half-volley drop shot after a serve and volley. Khachanov fought back to 2-3* with two big serves in succession. At 3-2, Kyrgios sent a backhand well wide to hand back the mini-break.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 6-6 Karen Khachanov: Kyrgios made it clear that he was not going to drop his serve here when he opened the game with a 213kmh second serve ace down the T. He did not. After a fourth love hold in a row, a 10 point tiebreak will decide this great battle.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) *5-6 Karen Khachanov: Khachanov slams down another love hold to inch to within a game of victory again. He has lost only three point on his serve in this set and now Kyrgios has to serve to stay in the match for a second time.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 5-5* Karen Khachanov: One game away from defeat, Kyrgios puts together one of his best holds of the set. He finished the love hold with a brilliant curling forehand crosscourt winner from behind the baseline, followed by a huge ace out wide.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) *4-5 Karen Khachanov:
Khachanov breezes through another love game and he has now won 15 points in a row with huge serving and relentless aggression behind his first shot after the serve. However, he should not have won the 15th point. Kyrgios had two easy opportunities to put the ball away but he instead attempted two tweeners, followed by a dropshot into the net. He went for the highlight reel and failed badly. Now he has to serve to stay in the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 4-4* Karen Khachanov:
Goodness, a huge opportunity missed for the Russian. From 40-0, Khachanov dragged Kyrgios back to deuce and landed his return, only to miss a routine backhand well wide. It was a criminal error on a huge point and he knows it. So does Kyrgios and he made the Russian pay for his mistake, immediately slamming down an ace to hold.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) *3-4 Karen Khachanov:
Karen Khachanov rolls through another love hold and he has now won 11 straight service points. After dispatching an overhead after a brilliant backhand down-the-line at 30-0, he finished with his second ace of the game. This is still extremely tight and could go either way but Khachanov seems to be in the zone right now.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 3-3* Karen Khachanov:
Kyrgios holds quickly to level the final set at 3-3, sealed with two successive aces. Kyrgios is now on 28 aces for the match.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) *2-3 Karen Khachanov:
Kyrgios’ service game at 1-2 was certainly an adventure. At 15-0 Khachanov pulled out a successful tweener. After putting away his volley to end the point, the Australian applauded his opponent. When he got to 40-0, Kyrgios joined the fun with an underarm serve that Khachanov easily dispatched. Then at 40-15, Kyrgios walked to the other side of the net to hand the Russian a towel and help him wipe some bird poo off the floor. Finally, he held for 2-2 with a big service winner.
No such drama for Khachanov, who quickly held to love for 3-2 with some huge serving.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) *1-2 Karen Khachanov: Khachanov comes through the first tough hold of the final set, digging himself out of a 15-30 hole after dumping a tired backhand into the net at 15-15. He responded at 15-30 with a big serve and forehand down-the-line winner followed and a nice foray to the net, finishing with a tidy volley winner. With a forehand error from Kyrgios, Khachanov moved ahead 2-1. Danger averted.
As that tiebreak was concluding, 4th seed Daniil Medvedev eased into the fourth round with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over Alexei Popyrin. The backstage cameras just caught him watching his compatriot on the screens. He faces a tough battle with Stan Wawrinka next.
What a nervy, nervy tiebreak that was. Both players wobbled and served poorly on some important points, but Khachanov has been exceptional in the final two sets whenever he has needed to be. A well deserved fifth set for the Russian after some fighting back brilliantly over the past couple of hours. Khachanov may hold the momentum, but Kyrgios is still right there. A tight final set to come.
Karen Khachanov recovers from two sets down to push Nick Kyrgios into a 5th set: 2-6 6-7(5) 7-6(6) 7-6(7)
After a long rally, a Kyrgios forehand flies wide to hand over the set. We’re going to five sets!
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-6 (*7-8) Karen Khachanov. After a solid overhead from Khachanov at 5-5, Nick Kyrgios saved set point at 6-5 to with a service winner. At 6-6, Kyrgios swept into the net after a big forehand, dispatching a forehand volley to bring up match point. Kyrgios dumped a backhand passing shot into the net on set point and Khachanov found an ace to bring up a second set point.
Nick Kyrgios 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-6 (*4-4) Karen Khachanov. Tense moments. After four points on serve, Kyrgios handed the first mini-break to Khachanov on a platter with a weak double fault for 3-2 to the Russian.
The Australian responded well by forcing a forehand error from Khachanov with a solid down-the-line backhand. At 3-3, Kyrgios landed a great backhand down the line return to move up *4-3. Kyrgios then dumped a nervy forehand into the net for 4-4.
Khachanov holds serve to force a fourth set tiebreak: Kyrgios leads 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-6. Kyrgios did his very best to pressure the Russian, crunching a crosscourt backhand winner for 40-30. However, Khachanov found a huge first serve down the T to hold once more. Both players are playing very well and this will be a tough, tough tiebreak.
Kyrgios holds for 6-5* in the fourth set. After a brilliant love hold from Khachanov to keep the pressure on the Aussie’s shoulders, Kyrgios responded with an excellent hold of his own. He closed it out to 15 with a sickly sweet lob, followed by a brilliant service winner that, according to Khachanov’s hawk eye challenge, barely touched the line. Khachanov will serve to stay in the match for a second time.
Kyrgios held serve for 5-4* in the fourth set with two spectacular aces, but more notably, the drama has arrived. Early in the game, Kyrgios attempted to finish a brilliant point with a tweener and he failed spectacularly, hurting himself in the process. As Kyrgios looked after his bleeding hand, the umpire didn’t see the injury so he gave Kyrgios a time violation. Cue plenty of arguing and the Australian brandishing his bloody towel and bleeding hand to the umpire. It was clearly a misunderstanding and thankfully Kyrgios returned to the baseline without any further issues.
Karen Khachanov levels Nick Kyrgios in the fourth set: 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) *4-4 to Kyrgios. Both men are finally playing well at once and it is quite glorious. With Kyrgios snapping at his heels and desperately attempting to push him to deuce, Khachanov pulled off an exceptional high backhand overhead over his left shoulder to seal the hold at 40-30.
Nick Kyrgios saves two break points to edge ahead 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 4-3*. The tension is rising and so is the quality of tennis. Khachanov came up with a miraculous three points – a great forehand return followed by two backhand winners – to bring up two break points.
Kyrgios responded with one of his most absurd shots of the tournament. On the first break point, Khachanov crushed a forehand crosscourt, dragging Kyrgios wide. Most players would struggle to deal with the pace of the shot, but not Kyrgios. He used his racquet strings as a cushion and redirected it as perfect drop shot off a 90 miles per hour forehand. Then he banged down a few big serves to hold.
Rod Laver Arena: Daniil Medvedev leads Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-3 and is a set from the fourth round.
Margaret Court Arena: Kiki Bertens has started brilliantly and is up 6-2 on Zarina Diyas.
Melbourne Arena: Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov are still on serve in the fourth set, with the score 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 3-2*. Khachanov currently has the trainer out for his right arm.
Khachanov deserves so much credit for how he turned the fourth set around. Against an unpredictable, vocal opponent and a crowd cheering hard for his demise, he was down two sets and a break and playing a rancid match.
Kyrgios’ concentration may have lapsed a little as the finish line neared but the Russian broke back at 3-4 with three spectacular shots. He then put immense pressure on Kyrgios’ serve in the final game before the tiebreak and he played the big points perfectly on his serve. Momentum is so fickle in tennis and now it is firmly behind him. At the very least he should force Kyrgios to elevate his own game in order to win this match.
Karen Khachanov saves match point to push Nick Kyrgios into a fourth set. Kyrgios leads 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6). What a topsy-turvy tiebreak that was. Khachanov burst into the lead at *5-3, only for Kyrgios to win three straight points to bring up match point.
Khachanov found a big service winner to scupper the match point and then dispatched an awkward overhead to bring up set point. With a wild Kyrgios forehand error, we’re heading to four.
Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov are off to another tiebreak: 6-2 7-6(5) 6-6: Goodness, that service game was tough. Kyrgios led 30-0 before being dragged back to 30-30 with a gorgeous Khachanov passing shot.
Kyrgios produced a wonderful drop shot at 30-30 and then when he was pushed back to deuce, he came up with a sublime angled drop volley before holding with a booming ace. The tension is building and he is starting to mutter between points and complain, but he responded to the pressure beautifully there.