Australia Who does Nick Kyrgios play next? Aussie star to face World No. 3
Nick Kyrgios is bringing something different to tennis but what he means to the sport is anyone's guess
Nick Kyrgios is the sporting manifestation of a fantasy in which millennials fight back and do it all their own way — shooting from the hip, telling their superiors what they really think, writes Russell Jackson after the Australian's "brilliant" loss to Dominic Thiem.Some made panicked trips to the shops, others savoured a final restaurant meal or checked in on loved ones.
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.
'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.
Nick Kyrgios' glamorous girlfriend shares cryptic Instagram post
Chiara Passari posted an Instagram story on Tuesday night, which included a post that read: 'Cheaters always want you to be loyal while they're being unfaithful'.Chiara Passari posted an Instagram story on Tuesday night which included a post that read: 'Cheaters always want you to be loyal while they're being unfaithful'.
'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.
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.
Nick Kyrgios hits back after Novak Djokovic says he does not respect the Australian off the court
They may not meet at the Australian Open but things are far from over between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios with the Australian left perplexed at the Serbian saying he "does not respect him off the court".The Australian world number 47 made the comments after his 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 round one victory over Portuguese qualifier Frederico Ferreira Silva in response to Djokovic saying he "did not respect" the Canberran off the tennis court.
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.
The 25-year-old said Kokkinakis' return to tennis inspired him to not give up in Wednesday's fixture against Humbert.
Nick Kyrgios' girlfriend says there will 'always be struggles'
Nick Kyrgios' girlfriend Chiara Passari has shared an emotional message about her relationship with the tennis pro, candidly saying there will 'always be struggles' in their romance.The model - who was rumoured to have split with Nick in recent weeks - shared the sweet statement on Wednesday, praising the pair's relationship in a belated Valentine's Day post.
'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.
Tennis-Kyrgios raises the roof with epic comeback in Melbourne .
Tennis-Kyrgios raises the roof with epic comeback in MelbourneMELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios fed off a febrile atmosphere to save two match points on his way to a 5-7 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4 comeback victory over Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.