Kyrgios Remains Perfect In 2018, Now For Tsonga

Kyrgios Remains Perfect In 2018, Now For Tsonga

"I know that Vik is a fighter and I knew I had to stick to my guns".

"It was tough, there was a lot of stuff going on out there, had a helicopter above us for three games and the (umpire) microphone wasn't working for pretty much the whole match", Kyrgios said.

That was after he praised Melburnians for being "some of the most friendly people you'll come across" and revealed the one thing he'd like to change in Australia.

The first annoyance was a heckler in the crowd, who stood up behind Kyrgios and screamed at the top of his lungs while filming it before he was ushered away by security guards.

"I played a lot of matches on Rod Laver".

"I got lucky but it was tough match and I am happy to get through".

Kokkinos bowed out in a four set loss to Russian Danill Medvedev whilst Fourli and Sakkari each lost in three sets to Australia's Olivia Rogowska and Czech born Katerina Siniakova respectively. However, the 21-year-old Australian is trying to eliminate the reputation that precedes him.

"I think I'm ready for it", he said.

Kyrgios was a ideal 100% on first serve points in the first set, winning 21 of 21.

The dogged Troicki however refused to lay down, setting up the intriguing finale to the match.

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He will next play French 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round.

Kyrgios said Tsonga was one of his "idols" and he would be up for the challenge.

Victoria's acting Premier James Merlino noticed the T-shirt while watching the telecast with his children and said it left a "sour taste" in his mouth.

World No 3 Grigor Dimitrov has survived a mighty scare to safely progress to the Australian Open third round at Melbourne Park.

Kyrgios idolised Tsonga when he was growing up and is looking forward to facing him in the heat of battle again.

Kyrgios served impeccably throughout the 2 hours-and-12-minute contest on Hisense Arena and was only broken once when serving for the match.

Dimitrov won the second and third sets but McDonald gave a tough fight to the season-ending ATP Finals victor to take the match to a final set.

Kyrgios broke in the third game of the third set but what looked like being a routine victory when he served at 5-4 hit a snag as, out of nowhere, he dropped serve.

"You guys might have just seen me on TV - I've just been evicted".

"I like the atmosphere when two sets of the crowd are going against each other, it's just when it crosses the line when you're in the middle of a rally and you're literally about to make contact and they make sound on goal", he said.

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