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Australia Who does Nick Kyrgios play next? Aussie star to face World No. 3

17:54  10 february  2021
17:54  10 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Nick Kyrgios standing in front of a crowd: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Nick Kyrgios has no time to savour his incredible come-from-behind victory in the Australian Open before he faces a far bigger test.

The Australian star defeated Frenchman Ugo Humbert on Wednesday night and will now play world No.3 Dominic Thiem, 27, in just two days.

The tennis bad boy, 25, will battle the Austrian in the third round of the men's singles in Melbourne on Friday to book a place in the top 16.

Kyrgios, who is world No.47, said he was just focused on his doubles team-up with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis on Thursday for now.

Nick Kyrgios standing in front of a crowd: Australian world no.47 Nick Kyrgios (pictured) will face off against Austrian world no.3 Dominic Thiem, 27, in the third round of the men's singles in Melbourne on Friday © Provided by Daily Mail Australian world no.47 Nick Kyrgios (pictured) will face off against Austrian world no.3 Dominic Thiem, 27, in the third round of the men's singles in Melbourne on Friday

'He's one of the best players in the world. Dominic's a heck of a player, he made the final here last year, took a set off Novak,' Kyrgios said in a post-match interview.

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'I think I played him one time five, six years ago but I'm not even thinking about that, man, I've got doubles tomorrow with Thanasi, so I'm thinking about that.'

Kyrgios' five-set marathon and upcoming doubles game gives him little recovery time before the extreme challenge.

Meanwhile, Thiem kept his time in the Melbourne sun to an absolute minimum on Wednesday, taking 93 minutes to beat Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-0 6-2.

Thiem lost to Novak Djokovic in the Melbourne Park final last year and would have been hoping to conserve energy in the early rounds this week as he looks to dethrone the Serbian and clinch his second Grand Slam crown.

a man hitting a ball with a racket: Thiem (pictured) kept his time in the Melbourne sun to an absolute minimum on Wednesday, taking 93 minutes to beat Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-0 6-2 and secure his place in the third round of the Australian Open © Provided by Daily Mail Thiem (pictured) kept his time in the Melbourne sun to an absolute minimum on Wednesday, taking 93 minutes to beat Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-0 6-2 and secure his place in the third round of the Australian Open

The Austrian had to tough it out at times in the opening set -- saving two break points -- but took full control after that as his German opponent appeared to struggle in temperatures of 30C on Margaret Court Arena.

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Video: Kyrgios full of praise for the crowd that got him through to the third round (Wide World of Sports)

'In general, I'm happy because I beat a very good opponent in three sets,' he said.

'I think (it was) the hottest day since we were in Australia, so I had to get used to that. Had to overcome some complicated situations. After the first set, everything started to work. I found a super good timing.'

Kyrgios kept his Australian Open alive with an incredible comeback win after staring death in the face at two match points down.

The Australian star defeated Ugo Humbert of France 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 on Wednesday night in a typically fiery clash that left two racquets broken.

Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios sitting on a blue court: Kyrgios, who is world no.47, said he is just focused on his doubles team-up with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis (left) on Thursday for now © Provided by Daily Mail Kyrgios, who is world no.47, said he is just focused on his doubles team-up with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis (left) on Thursday for now

The 25-year-old said Kokkinakis' return to tennis inspired him to not give up in Wednesday's fixture against Humbert.

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'It's good to see Thanasi back. To see him go through what he went through and to get back healthy and finally play the tennis he is capable of, that is amazing to see,' he said.

'He has had tears in his eyes. I've been one of his closest friends. I'm so proud of that kid, I swear.

'He was going to give up, he stayed with it. You know, I was thinking about him a little bit out here as well. That was so special to him and it kept me going a little bit.'

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will play South African Lloyd Harris and Austrian Julian Knowle on Thursday before Kyrgios faces off against Thiem on Friday.

a close up of Nick Kyrgios in a blue shirt: Kyrgios was all smiles after beating Humbert on Wednesday. He will play doubles on Thursday before facing off against Thiem in singles on Friday © Provided by Daily Mail Kyrgios was all smiles after beating Humbert on Wednesday. He will play doubles on Thursday before facing off against Thiem in singles on Friday Read more

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