Australian Open: Nadal v Kyrgios for place in quarter-finals

Australian Open Tennis BreakfastBBC Radio 5 live sports extra11,90511,905viewing this pageLive scores & resultsGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Michael EmonsAll times stated are UKPosted at 9:109:10Going loco…*Nadal 6-3 0-1 KyrgiosJonathan JurejkoBBC Sport at Melbourne…

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  1. Going loco…

    *Nadal 6-3 0-1 Kyrgios

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    Even Rafa is getting fed up of the bloke mockingly shouting ‘Acapulco’ every other game.

    Nadal hears him as he is just about to serve and looks up before muttering something under his breath…

  2. Kyrgios saves three break points

    *Nadal 6-3 0-1 Kyrgios

    We’re already at eight and a half minutes with this game, the longest of the match so far. Now comes deuce number four.

    How much energy does Kyrgios have after a four-hour plus epic in his win over 16th seed Karen Khachanov in round three?

    Well, enough to blast down an ace, his seventh of the match to edge a fantastic opening game of the second set. An incredible hold from the Australian, who sees off three break points.

  3. Post update

    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios*

    We’re at the third deuce. Kyrgios has already saved three break points and missed a game point of his own. Top entertainment on Rod Laver Arena at the start of the second set.

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    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios*

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra tennis commentator

    That was the first time we’ve seen the tweener from Kyrgios. That might just ignite him.

    And that was also the first real celebration of a point from him.


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    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios*

    Nick Kyrgios is certainly an entertainer, and the home fans love it. He has two break points, serves an ace on the first and then somehow wins the second, even playing an inbetweener, during it.

    He had misread a shot and Nadal’s lob hit the baseline but the hot dog shot is a good one and he then wins the point soon after. Fantastic stuff.


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    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Kyrgios is winding up his forehand like he’s going to unleash maximum velocity but the ball is not going anywhere.

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    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios*

    A brutal 18-shot rally gets tougher and tougher for Kyrgios. He’s on the stretch and can just about get a low forehand back but a sweeping forehand from Nadal somehow finds the tramline.

    Not too long after, the Spaniard gets himself two break points.

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    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    “Everybody’s moving, everybody’s grooving,” sing the B52s.

    Kyrgios is moving, Nadal isn’t.

    The Aussie waits on the baseline, ready to start before time is called on the break between sets.

    Nadal still faffs about in his bag even after being told to go back on court.

    Boos from the Laver crowd…

    Nadal v Kyrgios

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  10. Nadal untroubled against flat Kyrgios

    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios*

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Rafa was in control and untroubled against a very flat Nick Kyrgios in that set.

    It was straightforward for Rafa, he didn’t have to reach any great heights but it was certainly a lower quality of tennis from Kyrgios.

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    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios*

    Nadal has won 89% of the points on his first serve and hit 14 winners. Kyrgios’ eight unforced errors have proved costly as he finds himself a set behind.

  12. Game and first set – Nadal

    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios*

    That break in the fourth game is the difference in the opening set. Rafael Nadal, once again, holds his serve to love and this time that’s enough to take set one.

    Kyrgios never looked like getting that break back and the world number one has just been too good.

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    *Nadal 5-3 Kyrgios

    A very good hold from Kyrgios as Nadal was only two points from taking the opening set. Kyrgios lets his shoulders go, unleashing his forehand power, the Spaniard then comes into the net, but a one handed effort drifts wide.

    Nadal now to serve for set number one.

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    Nadal 5-2 Kyrgios*

    Nadal, whose backhand is proving to be a thing of beauty tonight, is two points from the first set. 15-30

  15. Is Kyrgios feeling fatigued?

    Nadal 5-2 Kyrgios*

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    I don’t see the electricity that we normally see from Kyrgios. But that’s how you work your way into a match after a four hour and 20-minute match in the previous round.

    Your body is slow out of the box and it might take the whole set before the body feels properly juiced and ready to go.

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    Nadal 5-2 Kyrgios*

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    Whether these two like each other or not – and both were keen to play it down this week – there is undoubtedly a lot of respect from both sides for their opponent’s ability.

    Nick Kyrgios has shouted ‘good’ and clapped his racquet a couple of times now after being beaten by a Nadal winner.


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    Nadal 5-2 Kyrgios*

    Nadal is one game away from the opening set after storming through his latest service game – holding it to love. All to do for Kyrgios in this one.

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    *Nadal 4-2 Kyrgios

    Nick Kyrgios is constantly talking away to himself. He loses the opening point of game number six, but gets himself out of trouble with some quality serving. Ace number five comes in, not long before number six, while Nadal only has one ace and two double faults in the stats.

    But he also has the advantage in the only stat that really counts – the score.

  19. ‘Electric’

    Nadal 4-1 Kyrgios*

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    Nadal 4-1 Kyrgios*

    Nadal consolidates that break by holding his serve in the fifth game. He edges a 16-point rally by finding the tramline and then wins the game with a fine serve into the Kyrgios body and the Australian, wrapped up, can only return it out.

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