Australian Open: Medvedev stops Kyrgios show to reach third round

Australian Open: Medvedev stops Kyrgios show to reach third round 1

World number two Daniil Medvedev put an end to the Nick Kyrgios show at this year’s Australian Open on Thursday, knocking out the local prospect with a decisive 7-6(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory to reach the third round.
A capacity 50% crowd yelled on every Kyrgios point at Rod Laver Arena but despite their fanatic support, the Australian maverick could not find a way past the U.S. Open champion who showed nerves of steel.
An inspired Kyrgios forced a break of serve in the third set to take the match into the fourth but Medvedev, who is the highest-ranked men’s player remaining following Novak Djokovic’s deportation, soon regained control.
A double break in the fourth set made it look easy for last year’s Australian Open finalist and he will next meet 57th-ranked Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands for a place in the fourth round.
“I came to win this match, and I am happy to do it,” said Medvedev. “It’s not easy when you get booed between the first and second serve. I had to stay calm.”