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Boxer Javier Fortuna could not make weight and will miss his chance to capture the International Boxing Federation lightweight title

Boxer Javier Fortuna could not make weight and will miss his chance to capture the International Boxing Federation lightweight title (AFP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

Boxer Javier Fortuna could not make weight and will miss his chance to capture the International Boxing Federation lightweight title

Bobby Rimmer, Ricky Hatton's former trainer, on his switch to MMA and training Rampage Jackson

Bobby Rimmer is an old school boxing coach, a Northener, and a man who worked with Ricky Hatton, among many others. But there has been something of a departure for the popular boxing figure in the last three months: he has switched to MMA to train Rampage Jackson, one of MMA's greatest characters, and a living legend. Jackson fights Chael Sonnen on Saturday at The Forum, here in Los Angeles, in the inaugural bout of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight eight-man tournament, on a major card replete with stories. But Rimmer believes boxing should stop looking down on the multi-skilled fight discipline. He admitted, in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, that it has certainly challenged him. "This has been like testing yourself again and learning new things. I only know about boxing," explained the popular figure, who has been in and around boxing for 50 years. "I'm involved in MMA and wrestling and I'm seeing things and thinking God. I've never actually physically seen him slam anyone until the other day in sparring. I thought bloody hell. I said to him after 'don't ever do that to me'. "I worked with Rampage about five years ago for a couple of weeks before he fought Glover Teixeira. I didn't know who he was. Someone came to me and asked would I help him out. He was over in England. It's a strange story. I looked on the internet and the first thing that came up was that he was in the A team. Really, I thought...." Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in action Credit: Getty Images "I'd never watched UFC or MMA. I looked again and saw a compilation video of him slamming people and knocking them out. It kind of excites me that kind of stuff, the knocking people out bit. Then I started to work with him. I've been over a couple of times. He's a pleasure to work with. We hit it off. We're friends as well. I'm not only his boxing coach but his friend as well. I live in the house with him and all that. It's really good to be involved in this kind of thing." Rimmer says Rampage reminds him in so many ways of Ricky, arguably one of Britain's most popular fighters in history. "He's exactly the same as Ricky Hatton. He's grounded. He keeps it real. He looks after his family and friends, just like Ricky does. That's probably why I've hit it off with him.  They both are the same kind of people. He'd love to meet Ricky and I hope one day he can. Them two together with be like Nitroglycerine. We have a laugh. We train hard and do everything right but have a laugh doing it. We're serious when we need to be. It's the same with Ricky. He used to come in the gym and train and then after the gym it was legendary what went on in the Phoenix camp. It's the same with us. He takes the p--- out of me and videos it and puts it online." But his time around one of the greatest stars to emerge in MMA has changed his perspective. Others in boxing should look and speak differently, he says, about the decathletes of martial arts. "When I first heard about MMA I thought what's all that about. But now I've been involved in it. I watch how they work and they work as hard as boxers. They put it in as much. I'm very respectful of anybody who puts work in to do something, no matter what it is. Whether it's fighting or just being a bricklayer. I appreciate people that work hard. That's what he does and what these fighters do. They work hard and train hard. As MMA is evolving we're kind of accepting it now." He added: "The old school boxing people like myself are accepting it now. Anybody who slags MMA off needs to go and have a look at it. Tune into it and watch it and see what the training camps are like. It's all kinds of different stuff and they have to be good at it all. Since the Conor McGregor fight there's going to be more work for boxing trainers with MMA fighters. Yeah they're great wrestlers a lot of them, they come through college, but they kind of let themselves down a little bit with the boxing. Once they bring that together you'll see more polished fighters." On boxing itself, Rimmer is under no illusions that last year, Conor McGregor never stood a chance against Floyd Mayweather. "He toyed with him. Conor McGregor fought one of the best over. He could have taken an easier way out but what with the money involved, who wouldn't? It was a great job. People in the beginning said that will never work but it was a great marketing job and we watched it. It did show the downside of mixed martial arts to boxing. Once they level that up, which they should do, and we should all help each other to level that up, I think the two sports will overlap even better." "The best thing for me is my son Robert who has taken over it. I am so proud of him. He's doing great things with the lads. Brian Rose is back in the gym. He's like a son to me and I was gutted when he left and decided he was going to go with another trainer. It's all sorted out now and it's fantastic. The lads I've brought through have been left with Robert and Robert is doing a fantastic job. I've put all my time in." Our 10 favourite pictures from Floyd Mayweather's win over Conor McGregor And Rimmer believes we are in for a special year, and that Anthony Joshua is special, and could well unify the heavyweight division this year. "I think Anthony Joshua is the real deal, especially the way he got off the floor. We all wondered what he'd be like when he got put on the floor and all that but he just got up and carried on and beat one of the greatest ever. That was a defining moment in his career. When everything is going great for fighters it's great. But all of a sudden when they get put down or get beat they have to get up and carry on and he did. He revelled in it. " He explained: "He was gone. I didn't think he was going to get up. Yet he got up and that little smile he throws out as if to say he knows what he's doing. He got back on with it.  That answered so many questions. That's what we worry about with these big heavyweights. What are they like when they go down. Can they get up? Yeah he did." "I don't know if Tyson Fury can come back and defeat Joshua because of this layoff. But boxing needs him. We all need Tyson Fury. You can't write what's going to happen to Tyson Fury." British boxing is riding high, as Rimmer sees it. "We're in that purple patch at the minute. We went a long time with the best not fighting each other. We were crying out for it. Now we've got the best fighting the best. We've got the Chamberlain fight against Okolie. We've gone away from that stage where they get created in Great Britain and then they go to New York and get their arse handed to them. That's what was happening a little bit." "It's a great time to be a boxing fan. We're very lucky to be involved in it. But we've been involved in the bad times. Now we're involved in the good times." They certainly are. And Rimmer is straddling both worlds.

Bobby Rimmer, Ricky Hatton's former trainer, on his switch to MMA and training Rampage Jackson

Bobby Rimmer is an old school boxing coach, a Northener, and a man who worked with Ricky Hatton, among many others. But there has been something of a departure for the popular boxing figure in the last three months: he has switched to MMA to train Rampage Jackson, one of MMA's greatest characters, and a living legend. Jackson fights Chael Sonnen on Saturday at The Forum, here in Los Angeles, in the inaugural bout of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight eight-man tournament, on a major card replete with stories. But Rimmer believes boxing should stop looking down on the multi-skilled fight discipline. He admitted, in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, that it has certainly challenged him. "This has been like testing yourself again and learning new things. I only know about boxing," explained the popular figure, who has been in and around boxing for 50 years. "I'm involved in MMA and wrestling and I'm seeing things and thinking God. I've never actually physically seen him slam anyone until the other day in sparring. I thought bloody hell. I said to him after 'don't ever do that to me'. "I worked with Rampage about five years ago for a couple of weeks before he fought Glover Teixeira. I didn't know who he was. Someone came to me and asked would I help him out. He was over in England. It's a strange story. I looked on the internet and the first thing that came up was that he was in the A team. Really, I thought...." Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in action Credit: Getty Images "I'd never watched UFC or MMA. I looked again and saw a compilation video of him slamming people and knocking them out. It kind of excites me that kind of stuff, the knocking people out bit. Then I started to work with him. I've been over a couple of times. He's a pleasure to work with. We hit it off. We're friends as well. I'm not only his boxing coach but his friend as well. I live in the house with him and all that. It's really good to be involved in this kind of thing." Rimmer says Rampage reminds him in so many ways of Ricky, arguably one of Britain's most popular fighters in history. "He's exactly the same as Ricky Hatton. He's grounded. He keeps it real. He looks after his family and friends, just like Ricky does. That's probably why I've hit it off with him.  They both are the same kind of people. He'd love to meet Ricky and I hope one day he can. Them two together with be like Nitroglycerine. We have a laugh. We train hard and do everything right but have a laugh doing it. We're serious when we need to be. It's the same with Ricky. He used to come in the gym and train and then after the gym it was legendary what went on in the Phoenix camp. It's the same with us. He takes the p--- out of me and videos it and puts it online." But his time around one of the greatest stars to emerge in MMA has changed his perspective. Others in boxing should look and speak differently, he says, about the decathletes of martial arts. "When I first heard about MMA I thought what's all that about. But now I've been involved in it. I watch how they work and they work as hard as boxers. They put it in as much. I'm very respectful of anybody who puts work in to do something, no matter what it is. Whether it's fighting or just being a bricklayer. I appreciate people that work hard. That's what he does and what these fighters do. They work hard and train hard. As MMA is evolving we're kind of accepting it now." He added: "The old school boxing people like myself are accepting it now. Anybody who slags MMA off needs to go and have a look at it. Tune into it and watch it and see what the training camps are like. It's all kinds of different stuff and they have to be good at it all. Since the Conor McGregor fight there's going to be more work for boxing trainers with MMA fighters. Yeah they're great wrestlers a lot of them, they come through college, but they kind of let themselves down a little bit with the boxing. Once they bring that together you'll see more polished fighters." On boxing itself, Rimmer is under no illusions that last year, Conor McGregor never stood a chance against Floyd Mayweather. "He toyed with him. Conor McGregor fought one of the best over. He could have taken an easier way out but what with the money involved, who wouldn't? It was a great job. People in the beginning said that will never work but it was a great marketing job and we watched it. It did show the downside of mixed martial arts to boxing. Once they level that up, which they should do, and we should all help each other to level that up, I think the two sports will overlap even better." "The best thing for me is my son Robert who has taken over it. I am so proud of him. He's doing great things with the lads. Brian Rose is back in the gym. He's like a son to me and I was gutted when he left and decided he was going to go with another trainer. It's all sorted out now and it's fantastic. The lads I've brought through have been left with Robert and Robert is doing a fantastic job. I've put all my time in." Our 10 favourite pictures from Floyd Mayweather's win over Conor McGregor And Rimmer believes we are in for a special year, and that Anthony Joshua is special, and could well unify the heavyweight division this year. "I think Anthony Joshua is the real deal, especially the way he got off the floor. We all wondered what he'd be like when he got put on the floor and all that but he just got up and carried on and beat one of the greatest ever. That was a defining moment in his career. When everything is going great for fighters it's great. But all of a sudden when they get put down or get beat they have to get up and carry on and he did. He revelled in it. " He explained: "He was gone. I didn't think he was going to get up. Yet he got up and that little smile he throws out as if to say he knows what he's doing. He got back on with it.  That answered so many questions. That's what we worry about with these big heavyweights. What are they like when they go down. Can they get up? Yeah he did." "I don't know if Tyson Fury can come back and defeat Joshua because of this layoff. But boxing needs him. We all need Tyson Fury. You can't write what's going to happen to Tyson Fury." British boxing is riding high, as Rimmer sees it. "We're in that purple patch at the minute. We went a long time with the best not fighting each other. We were crying out for it. Now we've got the best fighting the best. We've got the Chamberlain fight against Okolie. We've gone away from that stage where they get created in Great Britain and then they go to New York and get their arse handed to them. That's what was happening a little bit." "It's a great time to be a boxing fan. We're very lucky to be involved in it. But we've been involved in the bad times. Now we're involved in the good times." They certainly are. And Rimmer is straddling both worlds.

FILE PHOTO - Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Title's

FILE PHOTO - Boxing - Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Title's - Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany - 28/11/15 Tyson Fury in action against Wladimir Klitschko during the fight Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic

FILE PHOTO - Tyson Fury before the fight

FILE PHOTO - Britain Boxing - Billy Joe Saunders v Artur Akavov WBO World Middleweight Title - Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland - 3/12/16 Tyson Fury before the fight Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic

Burnley vs Manchester United, Premier League preview: team news, injuries and suspensions

What is it? It's the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor. When is it? Saturday January 20. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm start. What TV channel is it on? This one is not on TV, due to the 3pm Saturday football blackout. But you can follow all the action here anyway throughout the game. What is the team news? Burnley Scott Arfield could return to the Burnley line-up for Saturday's clash with Manchester United after shrugging off a hamstring strain sustained in the New Year's Day defeat to Liverpool. Arfield's return would be a major boost to Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who will be without striker Jon Walters for up to eight weeks after the 34-year-old underwent knee surgery. Defender Stephen Ward (knee) and striker Chris Wood (leg) are both making good progress but will not be in contention this weekend, while Tom Heaton (shoulder) and Robbie Brady (knee) remain long-term absentees. Provisional squad: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Hendrick Barnes, Wells, Vokes, Nkoudou, Lindegaard, Lowton, Westwood, Long, Marney.   Pick your Burnley team to play Manchester United Manchester United Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been left out of Manchester United's squad for its Premier League game against Burnley on Saturday while negotiations continue over a potential swap deal involving him and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. Mkhitaryan trained with United on Friday but will not play at Turf Moor. He was also omitted by United for its 3-0 win over Stoke on Monday. Pick your Manchester United team to play Burnley What are they saying?   Sean Dyche on Jon Walters. "Jon Walters has had a minor tidy-up in his knee," he said. "There was a very small split in the cartilage. It was annoying him, so the decision was made, from himself as well, because he's old and wise enough, to get that tidied up. "At his age he knows when it's right or wrong, so he and the surgeon decided it was best to do it... With good management we felt Jon would be okay, but unfortunately he has missed a lot of time and continues to do so." How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United, and who loses out most? Jose Mourinho on Alexis Sanchez "Nothing new, I think clearly everybody knows that we are there and especially when Arsenal's manager speaks so clearly like he did there is no point in trying to hide or to deny. "But (it's) not done, not done at all, so in this moment Mkhitaryan's our player, Sanchez's an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus what is the most important thing, which is the match." Asked if the deal was dependant on Mkhitaryan moving to north London as well, Mourinho replied: "I don't know. "Sometimes people think transfers involve a lot the managers in the negotiations, I think it depends on the profile of the club, on the way we establish our jobs and in my case when it goes to the table of negotiations I like to be out, I am out and I will just calmly waiting for news, no more than that." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds?   Burnley win - 11/2 Manchester United win - 4/7 Draw - 14/5 What's our prediction? Jim White: Burnley have lost three of their four matches since the Boxing Day draw at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, after a sticky run of seasonal draws, United are returning to form, winning their last three. Sean Dyche may need to eat a lot of worms to prevent the visitors gaining their seventh away victory of the season. 0-2

Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury - WBO World Heavyweight Title

Boxing - Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury - WBO World Heavyweight Title - Manchester Arena, Manchester, Britain - September 23, 2017 Tyson Fury jumps into the ring after the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Tyson Fury's funniest moments

Look back at some of Tyson Fury's funniest moments as British boxing chiefs say they will reinstate his licence to fight.

Tyson Fury's funniest moments

Look back at some of Tyson Fury's funniest moments as British boxing chiefs say they will reinstate his licence to fight.

Tyson Fury's funniest moments

Look back at some of Tyson Fury's funniest moments as British boxing chiefs say they will reinstate his licence to fight.

Tyson Fury: British Boxing Board of Control agrees to lift former world heavyweight champion’s suspension

Tyson Fury: British Boxing Board of Control agrees to lift former world heavyweight champion’s suspension

Former world heavyweight champ Fury to regain boxing license

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, Britain's then new world champion Tyson Fury, celebrates with the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts after winning the world heavyweight title fight against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is set to regain his boxing license. The British Boxing Board of Control interviewed Fury on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 and said the suspension of the fighters license will be lifted subject to receipt and clearance of all medical requirements. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Peter McDonagh vs Shayne Singleton

Boxing - Peter McDonagh vs Shayne Singleton - Manchester Arena, Manchester, Britain - September 23, 2017 Tyson Fury celebrates after the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Peter McDonagh vs Shayne Singleton

Boxing - Peter McDonagh vs Shayne Singleton - Manchester Arena, Manchester, Britain - September 23, 2017 Tyson Fury celebrates after the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Kell Brook Press Conference

Boxing - Kell Brook Press Conference - Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, Britain - January 19, 2018 Kell Brook and trainer Dominic Ingle during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Kell Brook Press Conference

Boxing - Kell Brook Press Conference - Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, Britain - January 19, 2018 Kell Brook during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Kell Brook Press Conference

Boxing - Kell Brook Press Conference - Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, Britain - January 19, 2018 Kell Brook during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Kell Brook Press Conference

Boxing - Kell Brook Press Conference - Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, Britain - January 19, 2018 Kell Brook during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Kell Brook Press Conference

Boxing - Kell Brook Press Conference - Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, Britain - January 19, 2018 Trainer Dominic Ingle during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Kell Brook Press Conference

Boxing - Kell Brook Press Conference - Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, Britain - January 19, 2018 Promoter Eddie Hearn during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Australian Open third round: Live score updates 

11:44AM Kyrgios gives an excellent post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough . He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios edges childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and bonds with 'favourite actor' Will Smith in Australian Open thriller

Nick Kyrgios was determined not only to win on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist here, but to do so in the coolest manner possible. The ultimate aim was to impress watching Hollywood star Will Smith. As it happened, Kyrgios became quite heated at certain stages of his 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. After dropping his serve in the second set, he shouted at himself “Why the f--- did I play doubles?” And on several occasions, he yelled at the friends and family in his player’s box to show more vocal support. But Kyrgios still enjoyed the opportunity to bond with Smith, once known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who sat right next to the court and often felt like a third participant in the drama. “He's like my favorite actor,” Kyrgios said after the match. “When I get asked if one person were acting your life, I always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, ‘I’ve got to break the ice, I’ve got to say something.’ I met him after the match and he was really genuine.” Asked to reveal more about their conversation, Kyrgios replied “Every time he got shown on the screen, they cheered louder for him than any of the shots we were making. I was like, ‘Man, you may as well just stay out here, they probably enjoy that more than the tennis.’ I said, ‘I watched a load of your movies a bunch of times.’ It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice.” Will Smith enjoyed Kyrgios's post-match interview Credit: Getty Images As Kyrgios usually prefers to play on the more compact Hisense Arena, this win was surprisingly the first he had claimed on Rod Laver Arena as a professional, although he did collect the boy’s title there in 2013. Kyrgios might have won fewer points than Tsonga in Friday’s match – 142 to 144 – but his ability to lift at the big moments helped him navigate his way into the fourth round, where he will line up against ATP World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in a fascinating battle. Friday’s match was an emotional occasion all round. Tsonga is usually a genial presence on the court, but his temper boiled over unexpectedly after the third-set tie-break. The root cause was a heckler in the crowd, who had shouted out distractingly at a crucial moment. Tsonga started yelling at the culprit to “Come down here”, and persisted until umpire Jake Garner gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios hits a forehand against Tsonga on Friday Credit: AFP Afterwards, Tsonga explained that “On the set point, in between the first serve and the second, the guy was talking to me and telling me, ‘You are under pressure now,’ when I was bouncing my balls. I lost it and I go a little bit crazy. “It's not fair,” Tsonga added. “The guy was feeling safe because he was upstairs. I just tell him, ‘Come now to see if you feel the pressure or not.’” In the other matches played on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept into the last 16 in the most untroubled style with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. The result meant that only five of the top 16 women’s seeds have survived the first five days of the tournament. And that only two former grand-slam winners remained in the draw. Coincidentally, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova – both past champions here – are due to meet on Saturday morning in the best third-round match of the day. 11:44AM Kyrgios gives a very entertaining post-match interview  On the win: It was amazing. I'd never won a match on this  court and was obviously a bit nervous playing Jo. I've always looked up to him - he's a great guy and a great champion.  But I'm just happy to get through. You guys [the crowd] were amazing tonight.  I was getting prepared for the fifth set at the end there. I was thinking he'd hit two big serves and I was in trouble. But I'm just happy to get through. I've got doubles tomorrow [laughs] and then a tough match against Grigor. I'll probably make the doubles tomorrow. He's a good mate of mine, I'll see how I feel.  On playing a childhood idol: It was 2008 I was going to all of Tsonga's practice sessions and getting a ball signed everyday. Now to be in the locker room with these guys - especially Jo - is a bit normal for me now but at first it was pretty surreal and to beat him is just a dream come true.  On the challenge of a fourth round match against Dimitrov: It will be very tough. He's an amazing athlete, had one of the best years on tour last year and it's bets of five sets. That favours him, he's a good friend of mine and I'm sure we'll both be looking forward to it.  On the presence of Will Smith in the crowd (Kyrgios said in a recent interview that he would want Smith to play him if there was ever a movie about his life): [laughs] When I saw him out here I was so nervous honestly, and people think I try to act cool but honestly I just wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.  Can I say as well, I love the film Focus - I watch it every flight I go on. Best movie ever. Though that's because of Margot Robbie, not you.  Nick. Kyrgios. pic.twitter.com/tgo17cnT5k— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 19, 2018 11:34AM Game, set and match! Kyrgios defeats Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6  He's done it! Tsonga nets a forehand, and after winning five points in a row, Kyrgios has won the breaker 7-5, and he is into the fourth round.  Lovely exchange between the two players at the net, and I've rarely seen Kyrgios so animated after winning a match.  "That's one of the best wins of his career." [17] @NickKyrgios reels off five points in a row in the deciding set tie-break to defeat [15] Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga and progress to the 4R!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Oiihmmr602— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 11:32AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) It's match point Kyrgios, as he lures Tsonga to the net with a drop shot and then punches away a simple volley into the open court.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios serve-volleys and a startled Tsonga can only put his backhand return wide. Three points in a row for Kyrgios.  11:31AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios gets the second mini-break back when he fizzes a backhand that Tsonga can only volley into the net. The Frenchman grimaces and feels his knee after losing the point.  11:30AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios gets one of the mini-breaks back when Tsonga sends a backhand long.  11:29AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga clips away another volley winner, and he has the double mini-break. Tsonga's net game has been the decisive factor in this breaker so far.  11:28AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) Sensational crosscourt forehand winner from Kyrgios keeps the deficit to just one mini-break at the change of ends. Neither player seems to know the score, and that they have to change ends.  11:27AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-4 Tsonga (*next server) Another brilliant punched volley extends Tsonga's lead.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is just wide with an attempted forehand pass up the line.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-2 Tsonga* (*next server) An ace from Kyrgios reduces the deficit.  11:26AM Fourth set tie-break: Kyrgios* 0-2 Tsonga (*next server) A Kyrgios double fault hands Tsonga an early mini-break. What a dreadful time to chuck in a double.  11:25AM Fourth set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Another exceptional Tsonga volley puts the Frenchman in front.  11:24AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga wins the point of the game with another outstanding volley winner on the stretch, but Kyrgios holds easily to 15. We're into another tie-break.  Credit: REUTERS 11:20AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-6 Tsonga (*next server)  Big opening for Kyrgios here, as a missed Tsonga backhand and a double fault make it 0-30. Two service winners make it 30-30 though, before an ace has us at 40-30. Kyrgios swears furiously at himself in response. Tsonga has the hold on his racket, but he tightens up again and sprays a forehand long. No matter, the Frenchman does hold a couple of points later after an ace and a missed Kyrgios forehand.  Kyrgios will serve to take the fourth set into a tie-break.  Kyrgios spending much of tonight nagging his box for not cheering vociferously enough for him. "It was Love-30! Speak! Speak!" #AusOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 19, 2018 11:17AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios thunders down an ace to level the ace count at 26 apiece for 30-0, but a Tsonga forehand winner and a double fault has us at 30-30. Tsonga is two points from taking the match into a decider. Kyrgios misses his first serve, but basically hits another first serve on his second - a 122 mph howitzer - and gets his reward when Tsonga sends a backhand long. Kyrgios seals the hold on the next point with an ace out wide. Gutsy stuff.   11:11AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga (*next server)  Now it's Kyrgios's turn to show some great defence, as he hoists up a lob that flummoxes his opponent for a rare 0-15 lead. Moments later though Kyrgios is screaming "how?" at himself after Tsonga hangs tough in the next two points to overpower the Aussie and move to 30-15. Two penetratingly deep serves follow, and Tsonga holds to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the fourth set.  Credit: AFP  11:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) More on-point serving from Kyrgios takes him to 40-15, but two missed volleys have us back to deuce. Brilliant defence from Tsonga to force the errors. The Frenchman is then furious at himself for missing a makeable forehand, before a Kyrgios ace wraps up the hold.  11:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios applies real pressure this game, but Tsonga withstands it brilliantly to hold to 15. The highlight is a stunning backhand up the line that kisses the back of the baseline and takes the Frenchman to 40-15. It's initially called out, but Kyrgios sportingly tells Tsonga to challenge it. Tsonga falls about laughing knowing that Kyrgios has been known to get these wrong before. Kyrgios responds with a knowing grin when Hawk-eye shows the ball to be in. We remain on serve in the fourth set.  10:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Nervous moments for Kyrgios here, as he pushes a backhand into the net for 30-30. But the Aussie takes the next two points to escape and claim the hold.  10:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga (*next server)  After two hugely eventful games, Tsonga restores order with a hold to 15 - though there are still some thrilling points along the way. Tsonga serves two aces in the game, and now leads the ace count 26-22.   An Australian grand slam champion is enjoying himself... Tension building on Rod Laver Arena! Some brilliant tennis from both @tsonga7 and @NickKyrgios. Fun to watch #AusOpen.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 19, 2018 10:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds Tsonga is still furious. He says to umpire Jake Garner  "I'll do what I want. Why can't I talk to him?" in reference to the supporter who Tsonga says has been yelling insults at him.  The Frenchman's mood is lightened moments later though as he hits the most sensational half-volley pick up that clips the net cord as it trickles agonisingly over the net for 15-15. How on earth did Tsonga even get his racket to that? A service winner then takes Kyrgios to 30-15, but he doesn't put away a volley on the next point and then after back-pedalling he sends a desperate hot dog floating into the night sky to present Tsonga with an easy volley for 30-30. Oh dear, Kyrgios's first double fault of the match gifts his opponent a break point at 30-40. But somehow Kyrgios saves it with a sensational off-balance forehand winner on the run. He celebrates by imploring the crowd to make some noise. Sure enough, they duly oblige. A service winner and forehand winner follow, and Kyrgios has clung onto his serve. This is absolutely brilliant stuff from both players.  .@NickKyrgios is up and about!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/EbWEhTZliI— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:43AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) - Tsonga saves three break points and holds Kyrgios has his opponent on the ropes now. A fading Tsonga dumps a backhand into the net for 0-30, and Kyrgios is buzzing with intent as he waits to return. Tsonga takes the next point, but Kyrgios shows great tactical acumen to chip and charge off a second serve and set himself up for an easy volley. It's two break points for the Aussie at 15-40. But Tsonga saves them both - the first with a forehand winner, the second with a volley winner after Kyrgios didn't do enough with an attempted pass. A frazzled Tsonga then double faults after thinking a second serve was a first serve, but recovers his composure to save a third break point with an inside-out forehand winner that lands plum on the line. Kyrgios challenges it just to add to the drama. Kyrgios then nets a forehand, which coupled with another Tsonga ace secures a crucial hold for the Frenchman. What a match this is!  10:36AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) In a bit of a role reversal, Kyrgios is keeping his focus in an exemplary manner while his opponent rages. The Aussie holds to love here with no fuss, and the crowd is absolutely loving this. Brilliant atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena on a balmy Melbourne evening.  10:35AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 0-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The crowd are on their feet again as Kyrgios rips a forehand passing shot down the line to go up 15-0. Tsonga responds though to take the next four points and hold to 15 - two of them aces - but he's still furious with the umpire Jake Garner. Tsonga's frustration comes from someone in the crowd making distracting noises, and Garner gives him a code violation warning after saying "you have to calm down, no good can come from this". Tsonga looks seriously rattled and appeared to be calling out the member of the crowd.  10:29AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Game and third set Kyrgios Kyrgios takes the third set with a brilliant backhand return that Tsonga can't get in play! The tie-break ends 8-6 in Kyrgios's favour, and after saving a set point he leads by two sets to one. What has the 32-year-old Tsonga got left? He's raging at the umpire at the change of ends, and says to the umpire Jake Garner "don't talk to me".  .@NickKyrgios goes 2️⃣ sets to 1️⃣ up!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/hmylBNdtYa— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:27AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 7-6 Tsonga* (*next server) Another forehand winner earns Kyrgios a set point.  10:26AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios saves the set point with a brilliant inside out forehand winner. Tsonga can only smile ruefully.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios misses a simple return off a second serve, and it's set point Tsonga.  10:25AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Excellent hitting on the forehand side from Tsonga draws an error from Kyrgios to level things up.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T puts Kyrgios back in front.  10:24AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-4 Tsonga (*next server) Kyrgios sprays a forehand wildly long to hand the mini-break back to his opponent.  10:23AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 4-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga slams down a 134mph Ace up the T to reduce the deficit.  10:22AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios guides a backhand passing shot winner down the line, and he gets the crucial mini-break!  Brilliant from @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/8zNzEfcKnn— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 10:21AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Ace down the T from Kyrgios keeps us on serve in the breaker.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga misses a makeable backhand up the line, and we're back level.  10:20AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-2 Tsonga (*next server) Ace out wide gets Tsonga in front.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Tsonga levels things up.  10:19AM Third set tie-break: Kyrgios 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Solid forehand approach shot from Kyrgios draws a netted forehand from his opponent.  10:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 6-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Tie-break Tsonga, serving with new balls, slams down three straight aces to complete a love hold. We're into a third set tie-break.  10:15AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Third straight love hold for Kyrgios, and 14 points in a row on serve, puts the pressure straight back on Tsonga. He'll serve for the second time to stay in the third set.  Kyrgios is getting 65 per cent of his first serves in; Tsonga 71. Exceptional level from both men, as the match ticks into its third hour.  Credit: Getty Images  10:13AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 5-5 Tsonga (*next server)  For the first time since midway through the first set, Kyrgios gets to 0-15 - a backhand down the line doing the damage. Tsonga responds well though with a strong forehand and two service winners for 40-15. An ace down the T seals the hold, and on we go in the third set.  10:09AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 5-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Back to back aces put Kyrgios well in control, and a clever approach shot takes him to 40-0. Tsonga then sprays a forehand long, and that's 10 points in a row for Kyrgios on serve.  Tsonga will serve to stay in the third set.  10:07AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 4-4 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios does at least get point on his opponent's serve this game, but it's a minor inconvenience as Tsonga holds to 15. Again Kyrgios doesn't do enough on a couple of baseline exchanges.  10:04AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga is serving beautifully, but Kyrgios is hitting a groove of his own. He holds to love here - helped by his 16th ace of the match - and we continue to rattle along on serve in the third set. Who is going to blink first?  Kyrgios in action. Serving and swearing. He’s very good at both. #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/7l854ykcD1— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 19, 2018 10:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios is just pushing his backhand a little bit, and it's allowing Tsonga to dominate the baseline exchanges. Again the Aussie gets a look on a few of Tsonga's service points, but again he does nothing with them. Tsonga holds to love again, and Kyrgios is no closer to cracking his opponent's serve. Six out of Tsonga's last seven service games have been love holds.  9:58AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Again Kyrgios suffers a lapse in focus. From 40-15 up he is complacent with a backhand that should be a winner but instead he floats the shot aimlessly into the Melbourne sky to give Tsonga an easy volley, before a duffed forehand has us at deuce all of a sudden. Thankfully for him a massive ace followed by a missed Tsonga backhand secures the hold. We remain on serve in the third set.  Credit: AFP 9:53AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server)  Kyrgios needs to start applying some pressure on the Tsonga serve. Clearly there's nothing he can do when his opponent is banging down aces, but this game Kyrgios gets a look at a couple of points but makes sloppy errors. Tsonga holds to love again, and the pressure swings right back to the home favourite.  9:50AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Love hold for Kyrgios - the highlight of which is a 136mph serve that Tsonga does well to get a racket to. Kyrgios celebrates winning the game with a big roar of "come on". He's trying to get himself energised again, which is good to see.  9:48AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server)  The Tsonga run of points on his own serve finally ends at 20, as he miscues a forehand wide for 15-15. Kyrgios then beautifully guides a backhand pass crosscourt for 15-30. Tsonga responds with back-to-back aces down the T, but he nets a forehand to take us to deuce. The Frenchman recovers his composure though, and claims the hold after a service winner and then a sensational knifed backhand volley winner from down by his shoelaces. That is a proper volley.  .@RodLaver approves ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/iAmJhOcCqY— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:43AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) If Tsonga can get off to a good start here, you fear for Kyrgios, who is struggling to get himself going. Tsonga is playing with far more variety than his opponent, and he gets to 0-15 with another judicious foray to the net. Kyrgios lifts his level though, and rattles off the next four points - the last one an excellent backhand winner up the line - to get his nose in front in the third set.  9:36AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 4-6 Tsonga (*next server) - Game and second set Tsonga This is interesting. At a change of ends a few minutes ago, Kyrgios reportedly said to himself: "Why the f*** did I play doubles?" Kyrgios of course made the questionable choice yesterday to play a doubles match with fellow Aussie Matt Reid that lasted two hours in the sweltering heat. Is he feeling that in his legs now? He does look to be a little weary, whereas Tsonga is buzzing around the court looking as fresh as a daisy. He cooly serves out the set to love, sealed with yet another forehand winner, to make it 18 straight points on serve.  More importantly, we're level at one set all. Tsonga has left the court for a comfort break.  Credit: REUTERS 9:31AM Kyrgios 7-6, 4-5 Tsonga* (*next server) No dramas for Kyrgios this game. An ace down the T wraps up a hold to 15. Tsonga will serve for the second set.  9:30AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 3-5 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga is in such a groove on his serve now.  He reels off a third straight love hold, and has now won 14 straight points on serve. Two more aces this game means he leads the ace count 13-12.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the second set.  Credit: AP 9:27AM Kyrgios 7-6, 3-4 Tsonga* (*next server) - Kyrgios saves a break point and holds This is crazy. Kyrgios is in charge at 40-0, but chucks away the next two points and then at 40-30 wastes half a dozen chances to win the rally, and ends up presenting Kyrgios with a sitter of a backhand. Tsonga is so confident that he flicks it away for a winner one-handed. Amazing. A terrible forehand then gifts Tsonga a break point, which Kyrgios saves with a service winner. Two more big serves follow, and Kyrgios does eventually hold.  "So s*** man", Kyrgios mutters to himself as he slumps onto his seat at the change of ends.  9:23AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-4 Tsonga (*next server) What a mood change here. Kyrgios is annoyed ta himself; Tsonga is gliding around the court and really enjoying himself. Two aces and another beautiful drop volley secure a third straight love game for the Frenchman, who has won three games in a row and 12 straight points.  9:21AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga breaks Great defence from Tsonga sees him return a smash and force Kyrgios into a missed volley for 0-30. Kyrgios then nets a forehand to give his opponent three break points at 0-40. Tsonga only needs one, seizing his chance with a beautiful backhand drop volley. The Frenchman has won 12 out of 15 points at the net today, which is a superb return. Tsonga takes charge in the second set.  9:18AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 2-2 Tsonga (*next server) Three aces in the game for Tsonga helps him to a love hold. He's up to nine for the match (Kyrgios is at 10).  Credit: AFP 9:14AM Kyrgios 7-6, 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Still no lapse in concentration from Kyrgios. He holds to love here, and even experiments with an effective serve-volley play to wrap up the game.  9:12AM Kyrgios* 7-6, 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Chance for Kyrgios here, as Tsonga nets a backhand for 30-30. Tsonga does well though to claim the next two points - the first with only his second backhand winner of the match - and eke out a badly needed hold.  9:08AM Kyrgios 7-6, 1-0 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios keeps his focus and edges his way in front in the second set with a hold to 15. In every singles match today, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match... Stats from a very even first set  9:03AM Kyrgios* 7-6 Tsonga (*next server)- Game and first set Kyrgios Double fault from Tsonga hands Kyrgios the first set! He takes the tie-break 7-5, and leads by a set to love after 46 minutes.   What a brilliant set of tennis that was.  There it is! ����@NickKyrgios takes the first against Jo-Wilfred #Tsonga 7-6(5)#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/50Rp7qt4bq— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 6-5 Tsonga* (*next server) Fist pump from Tsonga as he saves the set point brilliantly with an adroit drop volley. We're back on serve.  9:01AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 6-4 Tsonga (*next server) Service winner up the T takes Kyrgios to two set points.  9:00AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 5-4 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga shanks a forehand long, and Kyrgios has the mini-break! He has two points on his serve to take the first set.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Tsonga responds with an unreturnable serve down the T. We're level again.  8:59AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 4-3 Tsonga* (*next server) Service winner from Kyrgios does the damage again. The pressure swings back to Tsonga.  8:58AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 3-3 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a backhand approach shot, and it's level at the change of ends.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 2-3 Tsonga (*next server) A missed Kyrgios return keeps us on serve.  8:57AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios 2-2 Tsonga* (*next server) Big chance missed for Kyrgios, as he nets a very makeable forehand pass up the line.  8:56AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios 2-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Huge Kyrgios forehand edges him in front.  8:56AM First set tie-break: Kyrgios* 1-1 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga nets a forehand to level things up.  8:55AM First set tie-break:  Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Forehand winner from Tsonga gets him the first point of the breaker.  8:55AM Kyrgios 6-6 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tie-break The pressure is on Kyrgios at 15-15, but he responds brilliantly with a 119mph second service winner followed by a forehand winner and another service winner.  Fittingly for such a close set, we're into a tie-break.  8:51AM Kyrgios* 5-6 Tsonga (*next server) Tsonga's backhand is unreliable, but the way he runs around it to hit inside-out and inside-in forehands is superb. He nails a couple this game, moving up to seven forehand winners (Kyrgios has just one) as he holds comfortably to 15. The Frenchman skips to the chair; Kyrgios ambles over, and will serve to stay in the set for a second time.   8:48AM Kyrgios 5-5 Tsonga* (*next server) The Tsonga backhand has often been characteristically ropey today, but he hits a beauty up the line to get to within two points of the set at 15-30. Kyrgios responds with two aces, before a backhand that hits the top of the tape has us at deuce. A third ace gives Kyrgios another game point, but excellent length from Tsonga sees a backhand clip the line and kick up awkwardly. Kyrgios rages at about what he believes is his opponent's good fortune. He does well though to regather his focus and play two solid points to claim a much-needed hold.  This is really top level tennis.  Will Ferrell ✅ Will Smith ✅ Couple of big names in @Melbourne this week for some Hollywood tennis! #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/vGKt2FmdTS— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 As you can imagine, Will Smith's presence in the crowd is being mentioned a lot in commentary... 8:41AM Kyrgios* 4-5 Tsonga (*next server) After the fluctuating momentum of the early part of the set, things have settled down a bit in the last few minutes. Tsonga is absolutely ripping his forehand, and he sends one flying past his opponent to wrap up a hold to 15.  Kyrgios will serve to stay in the first set.  8:38AM Kyrgios 4-4 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios levels the match with a love hold, and evens up the ace count at 5-5 with two more this game. He also hits a brilliant backhand winner up the line to secure the game.  Credit: AFP 8:35AM Kyrgios* 3-4 Tsonga (*next server) Two aces help Tsonga to a hold to 30. He leads the ace count five to three now. After Kyrgios won three games in a row, Tsonga has responded with three in a row of his own. We're on serve in the first set.  8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  .@Tsonga7 breaks back just like that! With a touch of luck ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/2G30WWlKt1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

Nick Kyrgios vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Australian Open third round: Live score updates

Players due on court at 8am 8:32AM Kyrgios 3-3 Tsonga* (*next server) - Tsonga breaks back Tsonga finally gets a point on the Kyrgios serve to make it 15-15, and all of a sudden he's up two break points at 15-40 when the Aussie dumps a volley into the net and makes a complete mess of a drop shot. Tsonga thinks he's done enough to secure the break, but Kyrgios comes up with an excellent forehand pass. On the second opportunity though, Tsonga does get the break, whipping a forehand that hits the tape and completely dies on the other side of the net. Very unlucky for Kyrgios, but we're back on serve.  Scrap that Kyrgios tactic I was talking about of just focusing on his service games!  8:26AM Kyrgios* 3-2 Tsonga (*next server) You have to love that. Kyrgios attempts the equivalent of a SABR (sneak attack by Roger), but he does so on a first serve that absolutely flies past him. Brilliantly kamikaze stuff from Kyrgios. Tsonga meanwhile keeps his focus, and bangs down another T ace to complete a hold to 15. Kyrgios might take a page out of the Sampras/Federer book here and basically tap out of his returning games and put all his energy into taking care of his serve now he has the break.  8:24AM Kyrgios 3-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios is serving like a dream, holding to love again in the blink of an eye. Tsonga hits just one shot in the entire game.  8:22AM Kyrgios* 2-1 Tsonga (*next server) - Kyrgios breaks Tsonga's hitting his forehand really well in the early stages, crunching an inside-in winner at over 100mph for 30-0. His backhand though remains a real weakness, and a couple of errors off that wing let his opponent into the game at 30-30. Kyrgios then finds himself up break point at 30-40 when Tsonga pushes a forehand long. An identical error on the next point hands Kyrgios the break.  Perfect start for the Aussie.  Early break for @NickKyrgios! ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6KQ6B4bpal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 8:18AM Kyrgios 1-1 Tsonga* (*next server) Kyrgios responds with a love hold of his own. Tsonga barely gets a return in play.  8:17AM Kyrgios* 0-1 Tsonga (*next server) Love hold for Tsonga to kick us off - sealed with a booming ace down the T. Expect a few of those from both players today.  8:16AM Ready? Play Tsonga serving first. The match hasn't even started and Kyrgios gets a ticking off from the umpire about how long he takes to get on court.  8:07AM Players take to the court Big noise for both players - Tsonga has always been a huge favourite in Melbourne, ever since that final run 10 years ago.  John McEnroe thinks Kyrgios will win comfortably, which I find a little surprising. We'll see.  �� Friday Night Lights ��@NickKyrgios and @Tsonga7 walk out onto a packed @RodLaverArena!#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/KUVdipO0dK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018 7:55AM Preamble Morning all,  Welcome to our live blog of what promises to be one of the matches of this year's Australian Open. Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are such showmen, such engaging characters that the match almost has the feel of a heavyweight boxing fight.  Both players also have slightly tenuous boxing links... Tsonga of course was compared to the great Muhammad Ali when he stormed to the Australian Open final 10 years ago as an unseeded rookie, and he has celebrated some of his biggest wins since with a shadow boxing routine. And curiously, his father Didier attended the famous 1974 “Rumble in The Jungle” fight in the former Zaire.  Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing. Eddie Hearn would be licking his lips. And as my colleague Simon Briggs wrote last year, Kyrgios would also relish the way that boxing is structured as a sport - the one-off blockbuster fights would be far more suitable to the Aussie's take it or leave it attitude than the relentless week-by-week grind of the ATP Tour.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open final a decade ago  Credit: Getty Images Often with Kyrgios, he has more chance of beating a serial grand slam champion than he does one of men's tennis's more humdrum names. The Australian once reportedly asked with disdain how he was expected to get himself motivated for a first round match at a fairly minor tournament against the Argentina journeyman Guido Pella.  Tsonga, as a former top-five player and finalist here, fits more in the former category of course, which should keep Kyrgios interested in the match. Both men have similar game styles built around booming serves and forehands, while each of them are handicapped by pretty workmanlike backhands. Tsonga's in particular is a real weakness. They are also just two places apart in the rankings - Kyrgios at 17, Tsonga at 15.  The only previous time they met was indoors in Marseille last year, which Tsonga won in three tights sets. I'm expecting another close match today, with Kyrgios coming through in four sets.  The players should be in court in about five minutes. 

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