Australian Open 2018: Kyrgios stars in a blockbuster Day 5

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On a day where some Hollywood stars joined those on the court, it was a home-grown hero embracing maturity who shone brightest in the first true blockbuster match of the tournament.

Nick Kyrgios’ defeat of his once idol Tsonga in four thrilling sets was the highlight of the day. Well for some at least; the Brits will be salivating over Kyle Edmund’s march onwards after another impressive handling of the heat and hype.

It was plain sailing for Nadal, whilst Cilic, and Dimitrov overcame stern tests on paper. Carreno-Busta made use of an open draw and Andreas Seppi downed fellow stalwart Karlovic in a typically tiebreak-filled test.

The women’s competition saw the favourites continue to progress but also some fairy tale runs come crashing to a halt. Wozniacki, Svitolina and Rybarikova all won again (the latter going the full distance yet again), but the surprise names came up short by and large as Cornet, KumKhum and Kanepi all lost.

The shock of the day? Ostapenko’s ousting at the hands of Kontaveit.


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