Daniil Medvedev faced a hostile crowd and a full array of Nick Kyrgios outbursts and tricks on Thursday, but remained calm enough for long to reach the Australian Open men’s singles third round.
The World No.115 Kyrgios worked up the home crowd, hit tweeners and drop shots, mixed up the pace of his ground strokes and tossed an under-arm serve in a bid to ruffle the second-ranked Russian. But, Medvedev kept his composure to register a 7-6(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory at a raucous Rod Laver Arena here.
In an on-court TV interview with former champion Jim Courier, Medvedev was asked about how he managed to stay composed. That is the only choice when you get booed between the first and second serve, he said, triggering more boos from the crowd. It is not easy. It is tough to play, added Medvedev.
The fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece defeated Sebastian Baez (Argentina) 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in a match featuring two from Japan. Australian wild-card entry Chris O’Connell upset 13th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4.