NICK KYRGIOS faces a massive test in front of his home crowd at the Australian Open as he takes on number 3 seed Dominic Thiem.
The outspoken Aussie came through a five-set thriller against 29th seed Ugo Humbert in round two as he smashed his racket twice in arguments with umpire Marijana Veljovic.
Nick Kyrgios is 11-2 at the John Cain ArenaCredit: EPA
Third seed Dominic Thiem heads into this third round match as favouriteCredit: AFP or licensors
But he knows he will have to be even better against Austrian Thiem, who pushed Novak Djokovic all the way in last year’s final.
What time does Thiem vs Kyrgios start?
- Dominic Thiem takes on Nick Kyrgios in the evening session at the Australian Open.
- The players are set to take to the John Cain Arena at around 8am UK time – 7pm in Melbourne.
- In what could be a big equaliser, Kyrgios has labelled the John Cain Arena his favourite place in the world to play tennis.
- He is currently 11-2 at the venue.
What TV channel is Thiem vs Kyrgios on and can I live stream it?
What they said
Kyrgios: “He’s probably one of the most physical guys on tour. He’s an extremely good player.
“He’s definitely, I have actually seen him progress. He’s a bit older than I am.
“I actually saw him in juniors and then I saw him struggle for a couple of years; futures, challies, and then to see him get to the top of the game.
“It’s actually been pretty cool to see him develop and finally find what he needs to do to win matches.
“He trains like an absolute animal. He’s consistent every day. And I actually have a lot of respect for him.
“I think his style of tennis is not easy to play. He’s super physical. But I’m not even thinking about it. Like, I’m just hurting thinking about playing him right now.
“Whatever happens against Thiem happens. I’m going to go out there, serve, play with instinct and if it’s enough, it’s enough. If it isn’t, I’m all right with that.”
Dominic Thiem 2/9
Nick Kyrgios 16/5
There’s a match still going on on John Cain Arena which could mean we start a bit late with the night time blockbuster.
Russian qualifier Karatsev is currently two sets up on No 8 seed Schwartzman.
If Schwartzman fights back then we could be in for a lengthy hold-up.
AROUND THE GROUNDS
Elsewhere today, Serena Williams and Alex Zverev have both come through their third-round matches unscathed on Rod Laver Arena.
The night time action on the main court will see No 2 seed Simona Halep take on Russian Veronika Kudermetova in about 40 minutes from now.
And then No 1 seed and 8-time champion here Novak Djokovic faces American Taylor Fritz to round off the action.
I’ll keep you in touch with the Laver night session while focussing on Thiem vs Kygios.
Hello everybody. Welcome along to our LIVE coverage of the Australian Open today.
Coming up shortly I’ll be bringing you game-by-game updates from one of the best matches of the tournament so far.
Over on John Cain Arena at 7pm local time, 8am in the UK, No 3 seed Dominic Thiem takes on Aussie Nick Kyrgios.
Kyrgios is never dull, and if his action so far this week is anything to go by then tonight should be another entertaining one.
These night sessions in Australia with fans present are one of the best sights in sport but we won’t have spectators for a few days from tomorrow.
Victoria are entering a five-day lockdown from midnight tonight in a bid to suppress an outbreak of the UK strain of coronavirus.
Up to 30,000 fans a day had been allowed in, but we’ll be behind closed doors for five days at least now.
Back to today, and Thiem and Kyrgios could be delayed onto court with a game from the day session still going on but I’ll keep an eye on that for you.
There’s plenty going on around the grounds in Melbourne which I’ll bring you up to date with in just a sec.
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