Nick Kyrgios vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

I didn't really know what was going on.

"That is the problem for me, I'm not sure what (the organizers) are doing", three-times Australian Open champion Wilander, in Australia as a commentator for Eurosport, told Reuters.

"I think Denis is going to be one of the stars of the game", said Kyrgios, who was Shapovalov's team-mate on Team World at the inaugural Laver Cup last September.

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.

"The helicopter, that's when I was thinking like, of course, it's at my match".

"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.

Now the maturing 22-year-old Canberran is the same age as when Tsonga made the men's final at the season-opening showpiece and says he may have finally outgrown Hisense Arena, the people's court which has been his preferred option until now. Indeed it was a match that presented many distractions but Nick Kyrgios remained focused.

He was already a set in front when a fan chose to make a name for himself by standing up in the front row in the Hisense Arena and began bellowing "Oh Yeahhhhhh" while filming himself before being ejected.

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"He is a good friend of mine", the home hope said. "I'm looking forward to it, he's one of my idols".

The win advances the 2008 finalist to the third round at Melbourne Park for the 10th time.

Rod Laver Arena is usually expected to host the cream of the ties and day three of the 2018 championship is no different, with Nadal's clash with Mayer and Grigor Dimitrov's meeting with American Mackenzie McDonald the highlights. I'm just going to blame it on the helicopter.

"I'm happy - not because of the way I played but the way I fought".

On Friday, Kyrgios takes on Tsonga in the Australian Open third round, a decade on from his days as a young fan chasing signatures.

  • Tabitha Byrd