Nick Kyrgios fights back from brink of defeat to stun Rafael Nadal in Mexico
Nick Kyrgios enjoyed his biggest win in two years, saving three match suggests down world No 2 Rafael Nadal at the Mexican Open. Within a match of the highest quality, the Australian triumphed 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6) in three hours and three minutes.
He joins fellow Australians Alex de Minaur and John Millman during the quarter-finals at Acapulco.
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Criticised for any perceived lack of effort using some matches in 2010, Kyrgios stayed focused after quitting the opening set. He saved nine break points through the match including returning from 0-40 positions inside the final two sets.
Nadal, who was simply not broken from the match, looked set to triumph when up 6-3 inside deciding tiebreaker. But Kyrgios saved three match points, including one using a lunging volley that hit the web cord and merely landed in. He may tackle Stan Wawrinka to get a spot while in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Millman moved by way of he last eight which has an emphatic straight-sets victory over German Peter Gojowczyk. Millman blitzed the world No 87, 6-0, 6-2, at one stage winning eight games in succession.
The world No 44 converted six break points and delivered the contest’s just two aces to set up a quarter-final clash with third-seed John Isner. Big-serving American Isner eliminated compatriot Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4.
Millman’s win was his second comfortable triumph – the eighth seed beat Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4 within the opening round.
Fifth seed Alex de Minaur boosted Australia’s presence within the quarter-finals when Feliciano Lopez (Spain) withdrew before their second round match. Wawrinka also beat seventh-seeded American Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to progress on the last eight.