Kyrgios pulls out from Australian Open doubles


Nick Kyrgios believes the inclusive culture of the Davis Cup team has steeled his game as he zeroes in on a deep run at the Australian Open.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal on Friday thrashed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 to book a place in the fourth round at the Australian Open tennis tournament for the 11th time in his career. He overcame the Melbourne heat to advance to the round of 16, where he will play against Daniel Schwartzman, the 24th ranked player in the world. "Sometimes is too much and can become little bit risky for health", he said, via the Associated Press.

The actor briefly met Tsonga before the players walked onto the court.

Alize Cornet took a medical timeout and had her pulse and blood pressure checked during her match with Elise Mertens when the French player complained of shortness of breath.

The policy was last enforced in 2014 when play was suspended when Melbourne had three consecutive days of extreme heat.

Nick Kyrgios has prevailed in a big-serving battle of wills against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, downing the Frenchman in four sets to progress to the round of 16 at the Australian Open.

"I tried to reset and focus on the next match", Bencic said. "Then he gave a nod to another childhood favorite, turning to Smith in the stands". "I've played against the locals, so to speak, all that", Dimitrov said.

Second seed Wozniacki has not impressed so far, but she put in a better performance to beat Dutch 30th seed Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-3, finally getting over the line on her fourth match point. No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.

Svitolina eased to the same scoreline in the second set as Kostyuk struggled to keep up. The match was only 59 minutes, but Kostyuk said that there was value in it.

But she still has a lot to learn with fellow Ukrainian Svitolina handing out a 6-2, 6-2 lesson.

"I did a really good off-season this year".

And the Bulgarian delivered in a testing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Russian rising star Andrey Rublev as temperatures touched 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). "I was coming into the match knowing it was going to be a big challenge for both of us".

"I think the adrenaline kicked in the third and fourth sets (against Tsonga)". I was feeling super, super hot.

"I feel like I've always been a caring person".

"[There] have been very, very tough conditions yesterday and today".