Daniiel Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has succeeded Novak Djokovic as world No 1, becoming the first player since 2004 outside the “Big Four” to occupy the spot. Photo: Twitter @AustralianOpen

Daniil Medvedev defuses Nick Kyrgios fireworks to advance in Melbourne

Daniil Medvedev took all that Nick Kyrgios and the home crowd could throw at him to march into the third round at the Australian Open.

Daniiel Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has succeeded Novak Djokovic as world No 1, becoming the first player since 2004 outside the “Big Four” to occupy the spot. Photo: Twitter @AustralianOpen

Composed Daniil Medvedev took all that mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios and the home crowd could throw at him to march into the third round at the Australian Open on Thursday.

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The Russian world number two and title favourite served out a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over the 115th-ranked Kyrgios in 2 hours and 58 minutes.

It was a madhouse inside Rod Laver Arena with unpredictable Kyrgios dealing out all his assortment of unplayable serves and tweeners before a partisan home crowd, while embroiled in a running battle with the chair umpire.

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But calculating Medvedev dealt with it all to ease through and will now face Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in the third round.

Daniil Medvedev was unhappy at the crowd

Medvedev was not happy with some of the antics of the vociferous crowd. 

“I came to win this match and I am happy that I was able to do,” he said on court.

“It’s not your choice when you get booed between first and second serves, it’s not easy, I just had to stay calm.”  

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