Nick Kyrgios sets up Daniil Medvedev clash with underarm tweener and Ronaldo impression

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Nick Kyrgios won an entertaining first-round clash at the Australian Open against Britain’s Liam Broady to set up an exciting second-round match against US Open champion and last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev. The current world No 115 was playing his first match of the season after contracting Covid, and produced a serving masterclass to seal a 6-4 6-4 6-3 win. In typical Kyrgios fashion, the match wasn’t without entertainment as he fired an underarm tweener serve and impersonated Ronaldo after the crowd continued to chant ‘Suii’ throughout the match.

Kyrgios had been in doubt for the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid.

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The current world No 115 withdrew from the Melbourne ATP 250 after suffering with a mystery illness, but said he had tested negative.

He later announced that he had returned a positive test and would not be playing the Sydney Tennis Classic, racing to be ready in time for his home Grand Slam tournament.

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The Aussie recovered and was drawn to face qualifier Liam Broady in the Brit’s first Australian Open main draw.

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Nick Kyrgios sets up Daniil Medvedev clash with underarm tweener and Ronaldo impression
© Getty Nick Kyrgios won his first match of 2022 at the Australian Open

He came out the blocks firing, breaking Britain’s recent ATP Cup captain immediately to start the match.

And it wasn’t long before the 26-year-old started putting on the show that the fans came to see, serving an underarm tweener ace to hold serve for 2-0.

Playing on his favourite court – John Cain Arena – the night session atmosphere was perfect for a classic Kyrgios performance as he encouraged fans to get on their feet and cheer.

The former Aussie Open quarter-finalist managed to hold on for the rest of the set, looking inspired as he entertained the crowd, serving ten aces on his way to a 6-4 first set.

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He started the second with a break once again, as it was Broady’s turn to receive some encouragement from the crowd as a fan shouted: “Underarm Liam,” to the British No 4 while he was serving at 0-2 down.

Broady pretended to serve underarm, throwing his opponent off as he and Kyrgios laughed about it, and the Aussie responded with a fake underarm serve of his own in the next game.

As the match went on later into the evening, the fans – who had already been treated to a five-set thriller thanks to Andy Murray and Nikoloz Basilashvili – became more and more lively, with chants of Ronaldo’s trademark ‘Suiiii’ ringing out through the arena.

Kyrgios jeered them on and called out the footballer’s trademark celebration himself, kicking a ball to rile the crowd up further while serving at 4-3.

Nick Kyrgios sets up Daniil Medvedev clash with underarm tweener and Ronaldo impression
© Getty Nick Kyrgios faces US Open champion Daniil Medvedev next

Once again, the early break proved crucial as both players held on until Kyrgios was able to serve out a 6-4 6-4 lead after an hour and 18 minutes.

He was unable to convert break points at the beginning of the third and had to fend off his own in his first serving game of the third.

But the 26-year-old was able to grab a break-lead in Broady’s second service game and held on for the rest of the set, breaking one final time to seal a 6-4 6-4 6-3 victory.

He will now face Daniil Medvedev in a mouthwatering second-round clash.

The Russian has now won eight Grand Slam matches in a row after becoming the US Open champion in September, and is the highest-ranked player in the men’s draw.

Addressing the crazy atmosphere on his “favourite court in the entire world” after the match, he said: “I don’t know what I’ve done to this crowd cos you guys are a zoo now.”

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