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Nick Kyrgios deals with distractions to down Viktor Troicki in Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios was largely in control vs Viktor Troicki in their Australian Open second round match, winning 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), but he had to cope with a loud chanting fan and a helicopter hovering persistently over Hisense Arena.

tennis Updated: Jan 17, 2018 16:54 IST
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Nick Kyrgios,Viktor Troicki,Australian Open
Australia's Nick Kyrgios returns to Viktor Troicki during their men's singles second round match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2018. Kyrgios won 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2). (AFP)

Nick Kyrgios was niggled by off-court distractions as he overcame Serbian journeyman Viktor Troicki in straight sets to reach the third round at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The explosive Australian 17th seed was largely in control, winning 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), but had to cope with a loud chanting fan and a helicopter hovering persistently over Hisense Arena.

After missing a match point and a couple of loose forehands, Kyrgios was broken by Troicki, who forced the final set into a tiebreak.

But the Australian was devastating, rifling through it to hold five match points before winning 7/2.

“It was tough, there was a lot of stuff going on out there, had a helicopter above us for three games and the (umpire) microphone wasn’t working for pretty much the whole match,” Kyrgios said.

“It was tough conditions out there, I know Viktor is a fighter, so I had to stick to my guns and he broke me back when I was serving for the match and I started freaking out a little bit.

“I tried to hold serve and then work it out in the breaker and I got lucky, it was a tough match and I’m happy I got through.”

With Kyrgios about to serve early in the match, a young man in the crowd stood up and chanted loudly before he was ushered out of the stadium by security staff.

He then had to deal with the helicopter which stayed above the unenclosed stadium for several minutes before moving on.

In among all the commotion Kyrgios was in a different class to the 65th-ranked Troicki, who has reached the round of 16 five times at Grand Slams.

Kyrgios, who was slapped with a $3,000 penalty for colourful language in his first round match, looked imperious at times, mixing up blistering forehands with delicate touch shots to enthral the home crowd.

He won his first home ATP Tour title at the lead-up Brisbane International and is looking to go further than a quarter-final appearance in Melbourne three years ago.

The tempestuous 22-year-old has the brilliance and talent to win his national Open, yet it is his fractious state of mind that oftens lets him down during his matches.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 16:54 IST