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Australian Open 2020 Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios LIVE Score and Updates: Nadal Beats Kyrgios in 4 Sets, Through to Quarters

News18.com | January 27, 2020, 5:34 PM IST
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Australian Open 2020 LIVE Score and Updates: World number one Rafael Nadal weathered a fierce storm from gutsy showman Nick Kyrgios Monday to set up an Australian Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem and keep alive his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title. The Spanish top seed came through a riveting clash on Rod Laver Arena 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4) to end the gallant hopes of the basketball-mad Australian, who came on court wearing an LA Lakers shirt in honour of Kobe Bryant.

Bubbling animosity has characterised relations between the two, after Nadal accused Kyrgios of lacking respect and the Australian fired back that the Spaniard was "super salty". There was also little to split them, with Nadal leading their career head-to-head 4-3 but Kyrgios 2-1 up on hardcourts and an even 1-1 in their Grand Slam matches, both at Wimbledon. The second of those, last year, was a torrid affair, with Kyrgios ranting at the umpire, serving underarm and deliberately firing a forehand at the Spaniard. However, Kyrgios struck a conciliatory tone before Monday's match, saying there was a "layer of respect" between the two players, despite their differences.
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Jan 27, 2020 5:34 pm (IST)

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Jan 27, 2020 5:30 pm (IST)
Jan 27, 2020 5:29 pm (IST)

Rafael Nadal defeats Nick Kyrgios

It's game, set and match. After a huge wobble against a tired Kyrgios in the fourth set, the Spaniard recovers to reach the quarterfinal with a score of 6-3 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(4).

Jan 27, 2020 5:18 pm (IST)

Fourt Set: Nadal 6-6 Kyrgios

The fourth set heads to a tie-breaker and you still have to favour Nadal for the win here. He races into a 40-0 lead. A big forehand clips the net and diverts wide but it's a small reprieve for Kyrgios with an ace following as he levels fourth set 6-6.

Jan 27, 2020 5:14 pm (IST)

Fourt Set: Nadal 5-6 Kyrgios

What a comeback by Kyrgios! The Australian has found a second wind as he holds his serve after yet another deuce. Two absolutely stomping points from the world number 23 ensures that he takes the lead and now Nadal will have to serve to stay in the set. Kyrgios runs back to his chair, perhaps to show he still has some extra energy left.

Jan 27, 2020 5:08 pm (IST)

Fourt Set: Nadal 5-5 Kyrgios

There's a twist in the tale! After being the second best all through the fourth set, Kyrgios breaks Nadal as he served for the match. Kyrgios hits a powerful forehand down the line, which Nadal can't chase down in time to level things up once again. 

Jan 27, 2020 5:03 pm (IST)
 
Jan 27, 2020 4:59 pm (IST)

Fourth Set Nadal 4-3 Kyrgios 

The Australian is holding on, unwilling to let Nadal go up a double break as he digs out a hold from deuce, serving his 21st ace to keep the match alive.

Jan 27, 2020 4:53 pm (IST)

Fourth Set Nadal 4-2 Kyrgios 

Nadal once again holds his serve to love, his ninth such hold in the match, with his eyes firmly set on the finish line. The World No.1 hits some exquisite groundstrokes. At 40-0 down, the Australian flings himself desperately at the shot but ends up on the ground.

Jan 27, 2020 4:45 pm (IST)

Fourth Set Nadal 3-2 Kyrgios

After another couple of forehand errors, Kyrgios digs deep to hold his serve as he finds the energy to hit two aces. The Australian is still within touching distance of the World No.1.

Jan 27, 2020 4:43 pm (IST)

Fourth Set Nadal 3-1 Kyrgios

Nadal holds his serve to love as while Kyrgios’s energy level seems to have waned, Nadal seems to have unlocked another gear. A sumptuous forehand winner down the line gives the Spaniard the game

Jan 27, 2020 4:40 pm (IST)
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Fourth Set Nadal 2-1 Kyrgios 

Kyrgios hands over the break to Nadal quickly in the fourth set as he makes two forehand errors and serves a double fault at a crucial juncture. His footwork seems to have deserted him as the battle with Nadal has tired him out.

Jan 27, 2020 4:34 pm (IST)

Fourth Set Nadal 1-1 Kyrgios

Nadal wraps up another game quickly to level things up in the fourth set. Kyrgios has still just faced one break point all match as Nadal continues to chase everything down and comes up with impossible shots.

Jan 27, 2020 4:31 pm (IST)

Fourth Set Nadal 0-1 Kyrgios

A relatively easy hold for Nick Kyrgios in the first game of the fourth set has he serves two aces. Has he enough in the tank to take Nadal to the fifth set?

Jan 27, 2020 4:28 pm (IST)
Jan 27, 2020 4:24 pm (IST)

Alexander Zverev beats Andrey Rublev in straight sets!

The German won 6-4 6-4 6-4.

Zverev ended Rublev's 15-match winning streak, like he had promised before the match, and moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over the Russian player at Melbourne Arena.

Rublev hadn't lost a match since October, having won four matches at the Davis Cup finals and winning titles in Doha and Adelaide to start this season.

It is the first Australian Open quarterfinal for Zverev, and his third at a Grand Slam event. The seventh-seeded Zverev will next play 2014 Australian champion Stan Wawrinka.

Jan 27, 2020 4:23 pm (IST)

Nadal takes the lead. 

Tiebreak and a shattered racket later, Rafael Nadal takes the third set 7-6(8-6) against Nick Kyrgios!

Nadal had won the 1st set 6-3 vs and then Kyrgios won the 2nd 6-3 too.

Jan 27, 2020 4:10 pm (IST)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beats Angelique Kerber 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 6-2!

The No.30 seed topples the 17th seed, meaning that there will be a first-time Australian Open champion in the women's draw.

Pavlyuchenkova led 5-2 in the first set before 2016 Australian Open champion Kerber began a comeback that saw her win the opening set in a tiebreaker. But Pavlychenkova took the second in a tiebreaker and then broke serve immediately on the way to a 4—0 lead in the third.

Pavlyuchenkova, who took out No. 2 Karolina Pliskova in the third round, will next play Garbiñe Muguruza, who beat 9th-seeded Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-3.

Kerber was the last former Australian titlist left in the draw.

Jan 27, 2020 4:09 pm (IST)

3rd Set Nadal 6-6 Kyrgios

Third set is going to the tiebreak!

Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios both hold serve!

Nadal won the 1st set 6-3 vs and then Kyrgios won the 2nd 6-3 too.

Jan 27, 2020 3:57 pm (IST)

3rd Set Nadal 5-5 Kyrgios

Getting close.... 

Rafael Nadal holds serve and then so Nick Kyrgios does... again with some difficulty. 

Nadal won the 1st set 6-3 vs and then Kyrgios won the 2nd 6-3 too.

Jan 27, 2020 3:44 pm (IST)

3rd Set Nadal 4-4 Kyrgios 

Neck and neck!

Rafael Nadal holds serve and then Nick Kyrgios does the same... with some difficulty. 

The Spaniard is finding his mojo back and that would definitely worry the Australian.

Nadal won the 1st set 6-3 vs and then Kyrgios won the 2nd 6-3 too.

Jan 27, 2020 3:39 pm (IST)

Alexander Zverev takes the second set too at 6-4 against Andrey Rublev. 

The German is just one set away from the quarters.

Jan 27, 2020 3:37 pm (IST)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova fights back to take the second set 7-6(4) against Angelique Kerber.

Jan 27, 2020 3:33 pm (IST)

3rd Set Nadal 3-3 Kyrgios 

A race to the finish...

Nick Kyrgios holds his serve 

Rafael Nadal holds serve and that too at love. 

Nadal won the 1st set 6-3 vs and then Kyrgios won the 2nd 6-3 too.

Jan 27, 2020 3:30 pm (IST)

3rd Set Nadal 2-2 Kyrgios 

And now both Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal break each other's serve. Getting heated in the middle...

Nadal won the 1st set 6-3 vs and then Kyrgios won the 2nd 6-3 too.

Jan 27, 2020 3:24 pm (IST)
Jan 27, 2020 3:20 pm (IST)

3rd Set Nadal 1-1 Kyrgios 

Both Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal held their serve. 

Nadal won the 1st set 6-3 vs and then Kyrgios won the 2nd 6-3 too.

Jan 27, 2020 3:11 pm (IST)
From Nick Kyrgios's LA Lakers Jersey to Coco Gauff's Shoes: Players Pay Respects to Kobe Bryant at Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios was seen sporting a Kobe Bryant No. 8 jersey as he walked out to face Rafael Nadal as Coco Gauff had Bryant's numbers 8 and 24, along with the inscription 'Mamba Mentality'.

Jan 27, 2020 3:10 pm (IST)

2nd Set Nadal 3-6 Kyrgios 

Nick Kyrgios takes the second set 6-3 to draw level. The Australian's big serves were on full display and so was his flair. 

After Rafael Nadal had held serve at love.

Nadal won the 1st set 6-3 vs Kyrgios

Jan 27, 2020 3:01 pm (IST)

2nd Set Nadal 2-5 Kyrgios 

Rafael Nadal holds serve.

Then Nick Kyrgios does too. Both with some relative ease. It is the Australian who has a slight lead in the second set, being one game away. 

Nadal won the 1st set 6-3 vs Kyrgios

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Australian Open 2020 Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios LIVE Score and Updates: Nadal Beats Kyrgios in 4 Sets, Through to Quarters
Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios (Photo credit: Reuters and News18)

"I don't really dislike him. I don't know him at all. Hell of a tennis player. Don't know him as a person. I'm sure he's okay," he said. "I'm super-excited honestly. Playing one of the greatest tennis players on centre court at your own Slam, it's pretty damn cool." Either Nadal or Kyrgios will go into a quarter-final against Gael Monfils or Dominic Thiem, the Austrian fifth seed.

Stan Wawrinka battled past Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev in five sets to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-2 2-6 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2 victory on Monday. Medvedev came into the contest having won both their career meetings at Grand Slams in four sets but the 2014 Australian Open champion took the opening set with a double break of the Russian's serve. Medvedev, who lost to Rafa Nadal in five sets in last year's U.S. Open final, levelled the contest by breaking Wawrinka twice in the second and nosed ahead in the match with a break in the seventh game of the third. But Wawrinka refused to yield and took the fourth set tiebreaker comfortably before breaking Medvedev twice in the fifth.

Anett Kontaveit fought off a spirited challenge from Polish teenager Iga Swiatek to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-7(4) 7-5 7-5 victory in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Monday. The Estonian 28th seed saved 12 breakpoints in a see-saw contest on Melbourne Arena as she battled back from a set down to book a last-eight meeting with twice Grand Slam champion Simona Halep. Halep had to be at her counter-punching best to fight off another determined second-set comeback bid from Elise Mertens as the Romanian world number three advanced to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Halep, a beaten finalist at Melbourne Park two years ago, moved on with a 6-4 6-4 victory.
Garbine Muguruza powered into the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-3 demolition of ninth-seed Kiki Bertens in just 68 minutes on Monday. Muguruza, a former French Open and Wimbledon champion, was unseeded at Melbourne Park and has proved a dangerous floater in the draw, having also thrashed fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-2 in the previous round. Fifth seed Dominic Thiem kept his flawless record against Gael Monfils intact with a trouble-free 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory on Monday to reach his maiden Australian Open quarter-final. Thiem, twice a French Open finalist, came into the fourth-round clash against the 10th seed having won all five of the matches they have previously played and did not face a single breakpoint against the Frenchman on the Rod Laver Arena.

Order of play at the Australian Open on Monday:

Margaret Court Arena

Angelique Kerber (GER -17) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS -30)

Melbourne Arena

Andrey Rublev (RUS -17) v Alexander Zverev (GER -7)
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