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N. Kyrgios (AUS)
K. Khachanov (RUS)
|N. Kyrgios (AUS) (23)||6||7(7)||6(6)||6(7)||7(10)|
|K. Khachanov (RUS) ||2||6(5)||7(8)||7(9)||6(8)|
|Set won by N. Kyrgios||7(10) - 6(8)||N. Kyrgios leads 3 to 2|
|Set won by K. Khachanov||6(7) - 7(9)||K. Khachanov has tied the match at 2 sets all|
|Set won by K. Khachanov||6(6) - 7(8)||K. Khachanov trails 2 to 1|
|Set won by N. Kyrgios||7(7) - 6(5)||N. Kyrgios leads 2 to 0|
|Set won by N. Kyrgios||6 - 2||N. Kyrgios leads 1 to 0|
Nick Krygios has been granted his wish to play his third-round match on Melbourne Arena tonight. It won’t be easy, however, as he takes on world No. 17 Karen Khachanov. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 6:50pm (AEDT).
Nick Krygios has always had an interesting relationship with the Australian sporting public. However, with his impressive ATP Cup form after mending his relationship with Lleyton Hewitt and his leading of the way in relation to raising money for the bushfire victims, Krygios will definitely have the crowd on his side tonight.
His road to the third round has been relatively smooth, with a straight-sets win over Lorenzo Sonego before being pushed to four sets by Gilles Simon.
We learnt plenty from the Simon clash. Kyrgios did have a meltdown in the third set, going from 4-2 up to the loss of the set in short time. However, contrary to what may have happened in the past, he steadied himself and closed the match out shortly afterwards.
It’s still the behaviour that Kyrgios detractors love to see, but this time he settled, and he even apologising to his support team after the win.
Karen Khachanov’s path has been anything but easy. After a four-set win against a Spanish qualifier, he edged out 78th-ranked Mikael Ymer in a fifth-set super tiebreak in a match that lasted well over four hours.
Khachanov has been well below his best but has found a way to win. His best form has been on indoor hardcourts, so Kyrgios will hope that the roof stays open.
A lot hinges on how well Khachanov recovers from his second-round marathon.
Khachanov has won the pair’s only head-to-head clash, winning in three sets on a hard court at the Cincinnati Masters last August. However, in front of a big home crowd and against an opponent who is not at the top of his game, I expect Kyrgios to win in four sets. Only then would he turn his attention to a massive potential fourth-round clash against Rafael Nadal.
Time: 6:50pm (AEDT) – estimated time only. Match will start at 6:50pm or after Elise Mertens vs CiCi Bellis, whichever is later
Court: Melbourne Arena, Melbourne
Odds: Kyrgios $1.36, Khachanov $2.90
Head-to-head: Khachanov 1-0
Ranking: Kyrgios 26, Khachanov 17
Career titles: Kyrgios 6, Khachanov 4