Nick Kyrgios is into the fourth round of the Australian Open after securing a four set win over No.15 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an epic battle of high drama on Rod Laver Arena.
Kyrgios won three tiebreaks to secure the victory, with the last coming in the fourth set to clinch the 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(6) 7-6(5) victory.
While Kyrgios received a code violation before the match had even started for not being ready in time, it was Tsonga’s blow up at the start of the fourth set that provided the biggest drama of the night.
Tsonga was mouthing off to chair umpire Jake Garner after the first game of the fourth set after dropping the third in a tiebreak 6-8.
There was confusion on court as the No.17 seed was speaking in French, apparently saying “bring him here, he needs to come down here”.
Garner was then repeatedly telling Tsonga “you have to stop, you have to stop. Nothing good can come from it. You have to stop” before issuing the code violation.
“Because on the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now, you are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls,” Tsonga said.
“That’s it. I lost it and I drive a little bit crazy.
“It’s not fair. It’s not fair.
“But, yeah, that’s it.
“The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs (in the stands). I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’ That’s it.”
Friday night’s win was Kyrgios’ first on Rod Laver Arena.
“I had never won a match on this court coming here,” he said. “You guys (the crowd) were amazing tonight.
“Playing Jo I was obviously very nervous. He was a guy that I looked up to as a kid. I still do. He is a champion of the game.
“I am happy to get through.”