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- produced some of his best tennis to battle past fourth seed Daniil Medvedev and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.
The Swiss 2014 champion, whose recent years have been hampered by injuries, won a see-saw encounter with the Russian 6-2 2-6 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2.
Wawrinka, the 15th seed, next plays either compatriot Andrey Rublev or German seventh seed Alexander Zverev.
Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev continued his record of never winning a five-set match as Stan Wawrinka battled back from two sets to one down to win a thriller earlier on today.
In a news conference, Medvedev has said: “Exeprience is key, the more five set matches you play the more you gain from them.
“I don’t like to play five sets, I get tired, but even though I’m there I want to win it. I will try better next time.
We’re still on serve in the early phases of the third set, with a routine hold for Nadal in that third game.
James Stevenson:Still don’t think Kyrgios is playing his best tennis but he dug in in that second set. Rafa has a another gear and so does Nick. Good signs for both.
We mentioned Coco Gauff paying tribute to Kobe Bryant after her victory, along with Caty McNally, in their women’s doubles’ match.
Well, Gauff, also had a tribute to Bryant scribbled on her trainers as well.
The Australian is already having to dig deep in set number three as, in his first service game, he loses the opening two points, but it’s a good recovery as a couple of forehand winners, then Nadal going long and a superb, angled ace gets Kyrgios out of trouble.
Nadal bangs down an ace and then almost hits Kyrgios with a serve but he does apologise and there’s no drama.
Nadal then powers a forehand past a despairing Kyrgios and forces an error as he holds to love.
17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
After the first set we said it was a bit of a flat match but Kyrgios woke himself up with an early break of serve at the start of the second and has carried that momentum forward.
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Superb serving from Nick Kyrgios as two successive aces – taking his match tally up to 12 – gives him the second set.
One set apiece. Great stuff.
But Nadal smashes it away at the net for 30-30.
However, a Kyrgios ace brings about set point. 40-30.
Two more to go for Kyrgios for the set as Nadal makes a rare unforced error, dumping a backhand into the net. 30-15
Nadal forces Kyrgios to serve this set out as, not for the first time, he sends in an angled forehand that leaves the home player sprawling.
But Kyrgios is now serving for set number two.
German seventh seed Alexander Zverev and Russia’s Andrey Rublev, seeded 17th are fighting to meet Stan Wawrinka in the next phase
Zverev has the advantage early on and is serving for the first set.
“Hold serve,” screams out Kyrgios when he sends down ace number 10. That was only for 40-30, but he does what he demanded of himself moments later with a bullet of a forehand slapped away.
More punches of the air, more screams from the home fans. Kyrgios is one game away from making this one set apiece.