Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios' colourful language lands him in soup

The Associated Press

It was a night of distractions but the generally fiery local favourite put on display his new-found focus and without conceding a single set, beat Serbia's Viktor Triocki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2) to advance in the first Grand Slam of the year. The helicopter, that's when I was thinking like, 'Of course, it's at my match.

He was already a set in front when a fan decided to make a name for himself by standing up in the front row in the Hisense Arena and began bellowing while filming himself.

Kyrgios had his mental strength tested on the court with the sound system of the stadium going bad, a heckler making inappropriate noises and a helicopter unusually hovering over the court for a long time during the match.

"It was a tough match so I'm happy to get through", the Australian said, "A lot of things [were] going on today, a lot of adversity".

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In the opening set, the match proceeded on-serve until the 11th game when Kyrgios managed to break and then served out the set to love winning it 7-5. Kyrgios created just one break point opportunity for himself but the entertaining Australian was clinical and took full advantage of the chance before racing to a two-set lead.

After the victory, Kyrgios called Tsonga "one of his idols" and spoke of his excitement going into Friday's match. This was the case until what seemed to be the final game when the 22-year-old attempted to serve for the match.

Told it was prankster, he said: "Good on him". "He is a good friend of mine. we played one time and it was a close three-set battle so I am looking forward to it".

Across the Australian's first two wins at Melbourne Park, older brother Christos Kyrgios has appeared in the player's box wearing a bright blue shirt emblazoned with slogans and the Sportsbet logo.

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For the victor of that match, third seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov looms as a possible fourth round opponent. Dzumhur was leading 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 when Nadal quit.

"Experience was crucial", said Wozniacki. It felt like I was playing at another tournament.

Dimitrov said he was aware of McDonald's promise, having practised with him back in California but said he had "improved so much".

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, made it past the first round by defeating India's Yuki Bhambri in straight sets only to succumb to Andrey Rublev in a four setter in round two.

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