Frustration was apparent on both sides of the court, with Tsonga being hit with a code violation for a bust-up with a fan where he was heard yelling in French "bring him here, I'll kick his a**" before the chair umpire intervened.
"Because 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, you are under pressure now, ' when I was bouncing my balls", Tsonga said.
Dimitrov, a semi-finalist past year, said: "These are the most important matches for me, when certain things are not working for me and I find a way". But, yeah, that's it. I love it. It would be nice to see a couple kids, you know, a few more, hundreds, picking up a tennis racquet as well, playing at clubs, just developing the sport in the country more. Kyrgios showcased great flair and heart throughout the pair's second meeting, which saw him recover from a 2/5 deficit in the fourth set tie-break for a memorable win, watched by actor Will Smith, former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and all-time great Rod Laver. Five-time major victor Maria Sharapova and former Australian and U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber are playing each other Saturday.
He faces Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a Round of 32 matchup at 3 a.m. Friday at Rod Laver Arena.
"He's a good player". "That's what I did today".
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As the only native left in the draw, Kyrgios will carry the hopes of a nation into a blockbuster clash against Grigor Dimitrov, another supreme talent desperate to prove his major credentials.
"Sorry but I really think this is really childish, this is an global sports event, not your own stage of your show", wrote another. With his game already, he can do some damage.
Kyrgios had been a divisive figure among Australian tennis fans, due to many past incidences of moody on-court behaviour and accusations of not trying hard enough during times of adversity. I think he's got it. I'm soon 33. But it's like me.
For a player who always appeared to have the talent, if he has now found a way to be tougher mentally on the court, then he has a real chance to give the Melbourne crowd a first home grown victory since 1976. "Tsonga played better when he was behind (against Denis Shapovalov) in the previous round. Let's see how far I can go", said Nadal, who is chasing his second Melbourne title after beating Roger Federer in 2009.
Always to be at this level, you need to think like this, otherwise you don't play Australian Open. But anyway, it's already a good player'.More news: James, Curry will captain teams in new-look All-Star Game