Medvedev defuses Kyrgios fireworks to advance in Melbourne

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his second round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, January 20, 2022. — Reuters pic
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his second round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, January 20, 2022. — Reuters pic

Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates.


MELBOURNE, Jan 20 — Composed Daniil Medvedev took all that mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios and the home crowd could throw at him to march into the third round at the Australian Open today.

The Russian world number two and title favourite served out a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over the 115th-ranked Kyrgios in 2hr 58min.

It was a madhouse inside Rod Laver Arena with unpredictable Kyrgios dealing out all his assortment of unplayable serves and tweeners before a partisan home crowd, while embroiled in a running battle with the chair umpire.

But calculating Medvedev dealt with it all to ease through and will now face Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in the third round.

Medvedev was not happy with some of the antics of the vociferous crowd.

“I came to win this match and I am happy that I was able to do,” he said on court.

“It’s not your choice when you get booed between first and second serves, it’s not easy, I just had to stay calm.”  — AFP

You May Also Like

Related Articles