Nick Kyrgios has booked his place in the Australian Open third round after beating Pablo Cuevas in straight sets in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The Australian 29th seed needed an hour and 58 minutes to beat Cuevas on Hisense Arena, winning 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).
The 20-year-old will face Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych for a place in the last 16 on Friday.
Berdych advanced to the third round when he beat Bosnia’s Mirza Basic 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 earlier on the day.
Whilst the score in Kyrgios’ victory over the Uruguayan clay-courter suggested a relatively close match, the Uruguayan was never really in the contest in reality.
A break of serve in the third game was enough to secure the first set to the Aussie, dished up a wide-angled second-serve ace on set point.
Kyrgios forced another early break in the second set, but was pegged back and Cuevas managed to level matters at 3-3. With Kyrgios trailing 4-5 in the second set, he rattled off three successive games to take a two-set lead.
The trend of breaking early continued in the third set, as Kyrgios quickly went 2 a break of serve and 2-1 up.
He required a medical time-out in the third set after dropping serve for the second time, he found himself 4-5 and 15-40 down facing two set points.
However, he regrouped and forced a tie-breaker, which he won with ease.
Meanwhile, French ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced after beating another Australian Omar Jasika 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
“At the start he played really well and got on top of me …he’s got a different game than older players,” Tsonga said after the match.
“He’s very talented.
“I started to understand a bit more and I played well, I’m really happy to get through.”
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