Aussie star overcomes nosebleeds and a bad back to see off Tunisian opponent.
Poor Nick Kyrgios was forced to play through nose bleeds and an increasingly aching back to overcome the challenge of Malek Jaziri to make it through to the last 16 of the Australian Open on Friday, the Guardian reports.
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The Australian star fought well despite his problems to clock up a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 third-round victory over the world No 75.
Despite having made it to last year’s quarter finals at Wimbledon, Kyrgios had not won a tour match since his appearance at the US Open this past September.
But he now has the chance to increase his good fortune by taking on Italian Andreas Seppi on Sunday, who knocked out Roger Federer on Friday.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash the 19-year-old said: “It’s sport – upsets happen. He’s obviously playing some really good tennis.
“I’m really looking forward to it, but now I’ve got to prepare and do everything right.”