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Australian Open: Nadal wins first set v Kyrgios – radio and text
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Australian Open: Nadal wins first set v Kyrgios – radio and text 

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By Michael Emons

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  1. Post update

    Nadal 6-3 3-5 Kyrgios*

    Nadal forces Kyrgios to serve this set out as, not for the first time, he sends in an angled forehand that leaves the home player sprawling.

    But Kyrgios is now serving for set number two.

  2. Post update

    Rublev 4-5 Zverev*

    The winner of the Nadal-Kyrgios match takes on either German seventh seed Alexander Zverev or Russia’s Andrey Rublev, seeded 17th.

    Zverev has the advantage early on and is serving for the first set.

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    *Nadal 6-3 2-5 Kyrgios

    “Hold serve,” screams out Kyrgios when he sends down ace number 10. That was only for 40-30, but he does what he demanded of himself moments later with a bullet of a forehand slapped away.

    More punches of the air, more screams from the home fans. Kyrgios is one game away from making this one set apiece.

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    Nadal 6-3 2-4 Kyrgios*

    It is just like Rafael Nadal to instantly try to stifle the momentum that Nick Kyrgios was building. A service hold to love, with an incredible forehand down the line to seal it, a pretty decent way of doing so.

  5. Bring out the flags

    *Nadal 6-3 1-4 Kyrgios

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    Today is a public holiday to celebrate Australia Day which is held every year on 26 January.

    Therefore, it is not a surprise – especially with an Aussie playing – to see plenty of Federation Star flags on Rod Laver Arena.

    For most of the past hour they have been kept under seats. But once Kyrgios backs up that break with a comfortable hold, several flags are pulled out and wafted in the Melbourne breeze.

  6. ‘This one is for Kobe’

    Gauff/McNally 4-6 7-5 6-3 Aoyama/Shibahara

    Coco Gauff, along with fellow American Caty McNally, have just beaten the 10th seeded pairing of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the women’s doubles quarter-finals, with Gauff instantly dedicating their victory to Kobe Bryant.

  7. ‘Getting good’

    *Nadal 6-3 1-4 Kyrgios

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra tennis commentator

    Kyrgios is adrenaline-fuelled right now. The fatigue from his marathon Khachanov win the other night was still in his legs and he looked flat but now he is starting to fire and pumping the crowd up.

    This contest is getting good…


    Copyright: Getty Images

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    *Nadal 6-3 1-4 Kyrgios

    A superb consolidation from Kyrgios, who holds on to his serve to love after his first break in the previous game.

    We were hoping it would be a classic, that’s a sign it might just be still.

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    Nadal 6-3 1-3 Kyrgios*

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    That could be the moment which gets Kyrgios back into this match.

    Kyrgios leaps high into the air as he fistpumps in the direction of his box, hundreds of home fans gesturing exactly the same as his winner kisses the baseline.

  10. Kyrgios breaks

    Nadal 6-3 1-3 Kyrgios*

    What a way to take your first break. Kyrgios has to produce every shot out of the bag in a lengthy, top-quality rally, with a mixture of forehands, double-handed backhands, a drop shot and then a winning deep forehand which clips the baseline.

    Kyrgios springs high, punches the air and the crowd give out the loudest cheer so far.

    We’ve got a match on.

  11. Post update

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    Nick Kyrgios waves his racquet in the air after earning his first break point of the match. Laver responds with a raucous cheer…

  12. Post update

    *Nadal 6-3 1-2 Kyrgios

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra tennis commentator

    Kyrgios getting on the front foot is key but it’s so hard to impose yourself on Nadal with his power, his depth, his spin and his angles.


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    *Nadal 6-3 1-2 Kyrgios

    Now it might, James.

    Break point Kyrgios. 30-40. His first of the match.

  14. Get Involved #bbctennis

    *Nadal 6-3 1-2 Kyrgios

    James Stevenson:Nadal is playing well. Still waiting for the match to ignite, for Kyrgios to ignite. Maybe it/he won’t.

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    *Nadal 6-3 1-2 Kyrgios

    Two more aces from Kyrgios, before Nadal comes into the net. The ball is lofted over him, but the Spaniard has time to chase it back and unleash an incredible forehand that beats the outstretched Australian.

    Kyrgios can only laugh at how good that winner was from Nadal, but it’s not long before Kyrgios is bouncing himself after Nadal’s drop shot attempt is punished by a game-winning lob.

    That’s a hold to 15, just what Kyrgios needed.

  16. Post update

    Nadal 6-3 1-1 Kyrgios*

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    You feel Nadal could go up another level or two and won’t drop his level.

    The question is can Kyrgios get up to that level and above?

  17. Post update

    Nadal 6-3 1-1 Kyrgios*

    Rafael Nadal is trailing in the aces count, but comes up with a gorgeous fourth one, with the ball curving away to the right out of Kyrgios’ reach to hold on to his serve.

    So far, Nadal is holding his serve with relative ease, while Kyrgios is having to fight as hard as he can to hold on to his.

  18. Going loco…

    *Nadal 6-3 0-1 Kyrgios

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    Even Rafa is getting fed up of the bloke mockingly shouting ‘Acapulco’ every other game.

    Nadal hears him as he is just about to serve and looks up before muttering something under his breath…

  19. Kyrgios saves three break points

    *Nadal 6-3 0-1 Kyrgios

    We’re already at eight and a half minutes with this game, the longest of the match so far. Now comes deuce number four.

    How much energy does Kyrgios have after a four-hour plus epic in his win over 16th seed Karen Khachanov in round three?

    Well, enough to blast down an ace, his seventh of the match to edge a fantastic opening game of the second set. An incredible hold from the Australian, who sees off three break points.

  20. Post update

    Nadal 6-3 0-0 Kyrgios*

    We’re at the third deuce. Kyrgios has already saved three break points and missed a game point of his own. Top entertainment on Rod Laver Arena at the start of the second set.

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