Nick Kyrgios Gushes over American Actor Will Smith after Stepping up his Title Challenge with an Impressive Victory at the Australian Open

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has gushed over international superstar Will Smith at the Australian Open.

The man-love moment was captured after Kyrgios defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday night at Melbourne Park with Smith watching the game.

During a post-match interview on court, Kyrgios declared his love for the American actor.

The hilarious moment was captured after Kyrgios (pictured) defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

During an interview after the match Friday, Kyrgios (pictured) declared his love for Smith

Smith (pictured) approved, giving the tennis bad-boy a smile and thumbs up from court side

‘People think I’m cool but I wanted him [Will Smith] to think I was the coolest person ever,’ he said.

‘Honestly when I saw him out here I was so nervous, no joke.

‘I got to tell him – I have Focus on my phone and I watch it every time I have a flight. Best movie ever.

‘It is because of Margot Robbie by the way.’

Smith approved, giving the tennis bad-boy a thumbs up from courtside.

It was a night of firsts for the American actor, with Smith treated to his first live game at the Australian Open, first slam, first trip to Australia and his first selfie with the tennis pro.

It was a big night for No.22-ranked Kyrgios, who was playing against a player he had described as a role model, and defeated the number 15 Frenchman 7-6 (5) 4-6 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5).

The Australian won three tiebreakers at Rod Laver Arena, making it his first win at the arena against his childhood hero.

‘To get a win against him is a dream come true,’ Kyrgios said.

Kyrgios had been a divisive figure among Australian tennis fans, due to many past incidences of moody on-court behaviour and accusations of not trying hard enough during times of adversity.

However he has now established himself as the top drawcard for Open organizers and is considered a strong chance of challenging for the title against established stars such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

The 22-year-old, who recently won the Brisbane International, will play doubles on Saturday in the lead up to competing in the final 16.