Nick Kyrgios keeps his cool to overcome unusual distractions at Australian Open

The outburst occurred during the 22-year-old's crushing defeat of Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva at the Australian Open on Monday

That allows us to appreciate his tennis, which is how it should be because his talent has never been in doubt. He beat me in a three-set battle.

After facing elimination in the second round, staving off match points against Jana Fett, Wozniacki said each win was a bonus.

Yelling in French at the offending fan, Tsonga ignored the chair umpire's warnings to calm down and was given a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Alize Cornet, who had her blood pressure checked during a medical timeout in her 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to Elise Mertens, was among those calling for a review of the limits that determine when play should be suspended.

It was a match that was full of unusual distractions but Nick Kyrgios did not let them get to him.

Kygios will harbour real hopes of having too much for Tsonga, who needed five sets to overcome Denis Shapovalov earlier on Wednesday.

The affinity Kyrgios has had for Tsonga has been well documented.

"He [Tsonga] is a great guy, a champion of the game, someone I looked up to as a kid", said Kyrgios afterwards.

"He broke me back when I was serving for the match and I started freaking out and I just kind of tried to hold serve and tried to work it out in the breaker". "Everything was fine until the end of the first set. then I started to feel dizzy, not very good", Nadal said.

Being the classy, well-respected individual Tsonga has been during his entire career, though, that has been problematic for the Aussie.

Kyrgios for his part is so spiky, so "me against the world" in his attitude that he would fit right in to the pugilistic world of boxing.

Will Ferrell might have been at Rod Laver Arena to interview Roger Federer, but you could have been forgiven for thinking that Anchorman 3 was being filmed at Hisense Arena, such was the calamity of the night in Melbourne.

While everyone's trying to pinpoint why Kyrgios is suddenly different, he'd like to think he hasn't changed a bit. Mark Edmondson, the last Australian man to win the title in Melbourne in 1976, said this week that he would be more than happy to pass the mantle to Kyrgios, should he go on to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup a week on Sunday. The best he managed at the three subsequent majors was a fourth round at Wimbledon, and a debut appearance in a Grand Slam final would be an important achievement for a player long tipped for greatness.

'I got to tell him - I have Focus on my phone and I watch it every time I have a flight.

That perception is based on the reality of some of the incidents that have surrounded Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, who has a notorious on-court temperament, said he was learning self-control during the Troicki-type matches.

"And I was like, people think I'm cool but I just wanted him to think that I was like the coolest person ever".

"It was surreal seeing him tonight".

"I'm always going to say what I think".

That's genuine, in a good way.

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