Australian star Nick Kyrgios became the first Aussie to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals in 10 years after he beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(7), 8-6. Next up is Andy Murray, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov in another thrilling match.
Seppi took the first two sets and was up a match point, but the flamboyant 19-year-old Aussie teenager fought back. In the third set, Kyrgios broke Seppi early and he grabbed momentum from the Italian who shocked the world when he defeated Roger Federer.
“Yeah, it’s crazy,” he exclaimed. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. When I saw I had finally won the match, it was incredible. It was the best feeling I ever had. To know the body could come back from two sets to love, knowing I haven’t had matches, it’s just massive confidence.”
Kyrgios lost 12 consecutive points in the fifth set, but managed to go up three match points. He never once gave up and gave credit to the crowd.
“I thought I was pretty composed for the whole match,” he said. “When I needed to get into the crowd, I did that. They were unbelievable tonight. I think they were a massive part of that win. I’m just learning every time I step out on the court when to show emotion, when not to.”
The cheers from the Kyrgios and Seppi match often interrupted the Murray and Dimitrov match in Rod Laver Arena. Murray knows that atmosphere will greet him since he defeated Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5. Down 3-5, Murray roared back to break Dimitrov and steal the match. Dimitrov literally smashed his racket in half out of frustration.
— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) January 25, 2015