Nick Kyrgios’ amazing comeback

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 25 Januari 2015 | 23.08

Nick Kyrgios celebrates his amazing win over Andreas Seppi. Source: AP

NICK Kyrgios' improbable Australian Open dream lives on after the teenager's epic fourth-round win at Melbourne Park.

Handicapped by back soreness, and struggling emotionally, Kyrgios fashioned an incredible 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 8-6 victory over Andreas Seppi.

The victory catapulted the 19-year-old into the quarter-finals, the first Australian man to reach the last eight here since Lleyton Hewitt's run to the 2005 final.

The right-hander will next face either triple finalist Andy Murray or Bulgarian 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Kyrgios saved a match point late in the fourth set before almost blowing victory in the fifth when he led 4-1 only to be caught.

Nick Kyrgios has thrown himself into his round four battle against Andreas Seppi, but was unlucky with this point at Melbourne Park.

He eventually clambered across the line in before joyously collapsing.

"It feels so good, thankyou," he told a partisan crowd.

"I honestly didn't think I would win that match.

"I drew confidence from the match at Wimbledon against (Richard) Gasquet (when he saved nine match points), but this is incredible."

As stunning as Kyrgios was in upsetting world No 1 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year, this win was just as significant.

Nick Kyrgios collapses after defeating Andreas Seppi Source: Getty Images

Overcoming a huge deficit, poor discipline and an inspired opponent, Kyrgios deservedly revelled in a huge victory.

For the first two hours of the match, he was on the defensive, rattled - and bound for defeat.

Berating himself loudly to "wake up", Kyrgios just as often congratulated Seppi on his brilliant passing with "well played."

He swore, bounced racquets and chirped to strangers.

"I am. I'm trying man, I can't walk, though," he told a spectator in the second set when urged to lift.

Aussie Nick Kygrios has called out three spectators for leaving early during his heated round four clash against Andreas Seppi.

Eventually, Kyrgios did exactly that.

By the end of a 3hrs,34mins slog, he had clubbed 74 winners, 25 aces and 66 unforced errors to secure a career-high ranking of world No 35.

And he has taken the long road to the last eight and the exact cost won't be known until he resumes on Tuesday.

Desperate to make a solid start to pour pressure on Seppi, Kyrgios was suddenly on the defensive.

His fabled serve was constantly probed by the Italian, who was rewarded in the 11th game with the first break of the match.

Nick Kyrgios and Andreas Seppi embrace after their five-set epic. Source: AP

Kyrgios twice saved set points in the following game but an unforced error to concede the set was following by the mangling of his racquet.

Given a code violation for racquet abuse from Irish umpire Fergus Murphy, Kyrgios attempted to regroup.

Seppi, however, was relentless and kept the Australian tyro off balance.

Unable to convert three break points in the fourth game of the second set, Kyrgios strayed on his own delivery in the ninth game to gift Seppi a pivotal break.

Muttering to himself at the changeover, Kyrgios emerged to create another break point but was foiled by an unreturnable serve.

Nick Kyrgios struggled with his emotions during the match. Source: AP

"Every time," Kyrgios roared before Seppi ran down a dropshot and chipped a forehand down the line to claim the set.

On the brink, Kyrgios unleashed a paralysing counter-attack to break Seppi's serve for the first time, surging to 3-0.

Untouchable on serve, the rest of Kyrgios' game also elevated as he pushed the contest into the fourth set.

Once there, Kyrgios repeatedly created openings on Seppi's serve but could not capitalise.

The Canberran clawed his way to 0-30, 15-30 or 30-all in three successive Seppi service games, but could not penetrate.

Andreas Seppi just couldn't finish Nick Kyrgios off. Source: AP

Inevitably, the pendulum swung and Kyrgios, from 40-15 in the 12th game, unexpectedly faced a match point.

Kyrgios calmly averted the crisis, serving his way into the tie-break with a pair of monstrous aces.

Kyrgios twice held mini-breaks in the tie-break but still could not repel Seppi - until he rifled a backhand winner to clinch a 51-minute set.

The Australian drew first blood in the decider with a cracking forehand winner and, spying spectators leaving, he called out: "Hey, where are you going?"

Serving for 5-2, Kyrgios struck disaster as he imploded with a double fault and dodgy forehand as Seppi reeled off 12 consecutive points.

In deeper trouble when down break in the ninth game, Kyrgios survived.

And then, as the pressure built on Seppi, he pounced.

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