Australian Open: Dominic Thiem rallies to reach Round 3

Medvedev battles nosebleed, resistance to progress

Love him or hate him - and make no mistake, there are plenty in each camp - Nick Kyrgios never allows for a tiresome moment when he's on a tennis court, whether it's shot selection, showmanship, momentum swings, barking at his entourage or mocking another player not even involved in the match at hand.

That included a moment when Kyrgios - now on six months' probation from the ATP for verbally abusing tennis officials - poked fun at the man he might meet in the fourth round, Rafael Nadal.

Regarding his willingness to use underarm serves, Medvedev pointed out he has more confidence in the traditional way of serving. On several occasions during the Round 2 match, it nearly seemed as though Bolt, for whom his third-round finish this year was his best-ever showing at the Australian Open, had a better variety of shots than the player who has always been touted as the "successor to Rafael Nadal". Fifth-seeded team had to deal with a partisan crowd on another covered court at Melbourne Arena, but enjoyed the occasion.

"It was a really tough match, exhausting one", Medvedev said of that encounter after his win on Thursday over Pedro Martinez.

The 27-year old from South Australia went down 6-2 5-7 6-7 6-1 6-2 to the Austrian on Melbourne Arena, but put in a fantastic showing.

"He is a player who has huge talent, who could be winning Grand Slams or fighting for first position in the rankings".

The 2009 champion at Melbourne Park will next take on compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta. "Hard court is probably his favourite surface and [when he's playing well] he's just not missing".

Dominic Thiem was dragged into a five-set absorbing fight by former ditch digger Alex Bolt before he emerged victorious to reach the third round of the Australian Open.


Yes, Kyrgios delighted the fans with his between-the-legs shots and his booming serves - to the tune of 28 aces, including one at 136 miles per hour to end the match.

World No. 5 Thiem, who has reached the past two French Open finals, is among a clutch of players tipped to make a Major breakthrough, but he was exposed at times by a player ranked 135 places below him.

He looked pleasant after the race through the first set and served 5-4 to have two sets in front of him.

But the number 5 in the world reformed and when the fourth set started, he put it on. So creative. So creative. At that point you would have been a fearless man who would have doubted the Australian.

"I got insane today in the third set".

"They don't deserve that". I did a lot to fix it, I trained a lot [6-7 hours per day]. "No, it's not acceptable from me".

"He can stand on the baseline and just get every single ball back". Kyrgios got that key break with a forehand victor to lead 6-5, then extended his arm toward the spectators. And his efforts are paying off in a nice manner given the way he has been progressing in the Australian Open so far.

Then he turned toward the stands behind the baseline and let out a roar. I think I could be more aggressive [in a] few moments of the match", Medvedev said. "Of course, when you win three sets, you don't want to discuss your level too much.

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