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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 13:55 PM GMT
Australian Open Night 3: Kyrgios falls as Murray cruises rounds up the action from the third night session at the Australian Open. READ MORE

So Roger Federer was right after all; Nick Kyrgios is not ready to win the Australian Open. The 21-year-old had talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk, his creaking knee a factor as he was worn down, gradually, by Italy’s Andreas Seppi in an enthralling encounter at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.

While Andy Murray was cruising through on Rod Laver Arena, despite a nasty-looking ankle turn at one stage in the third set, Kyrgios let slip a two-set lead – and missed a match point - to lose 1-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 10-8.

It was sweet revenge for Seppi after Kyrgios came back from two sets down to beat the Italian at the same stage in 2015, but a shocker for the Australian and a massive disappointment for the crowd who’d crammed into the Hisense Arena to see one of the sport’s most entertaining players.

Kyrgios demolished Seppi in the first set and was in control throughout the second as he took it on the tiebreak. But not for the first time, he self-destructed and Seppi took his chance to level the match. A racket was smashed and he picked up a warning for swearing as he allowed Seppi back in but he still had match point, only for the Italian to rip a brilliant forehand down the line for a winner.

Seppi couldn’t serve it out first time at 6-5, but took his second opportunity at 10-8 to secure his place in round three, leaving Kyrgios asking himself whether he should get a coach.

“I think that's one area I obviously need to start taking a bit more seriously,” he said, while admitting he was not 100 percent, physically.

“I mean, I don't think there's anyone in the top 100 without a coach except for me. That needs to change. Got to start taking it more seriously. Pre-season is an important part of the year. You build foundations for the rest of the year. Yeah, it's on me.”

Andy’s ankle 

Andy Murray, meanwhile, was in clinical form as he crushed the talented 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-0, 6-2.

The world No.1 made the court seem tiny for Rublev, running everything down and turning on the style when he had the chance.

The biggest area of concern came at the start of the third set, with the scores at 1-1, when he slipped and half-rolled his right ankle. Murray called the trainer but played on, and waved him away two games later, completing victory to set up a clash with American Sam Querrey.

“It’s just a little bit sore, I don’t think it is too serious,” he said. “I was moving OK toward the end, so that’s a good sign. I can put weight on it so I’m sure it’ll be fine.”

Around the grounds

Despite Kyrgios' exit, the Australian fans did have some cause for cheer, with Ash Barty and Bernard Tomic both progressing to the third round.

Elsewhere, qualifier Mona Barthel continued her dream run by beating Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig in straight sets, while 2016 French Open champion also progressed without dropping a set.

Shock of the night

For the first time since 2002 there will be two British men in the third round of the Australian Open, with Dan Evans recording the best win of his career by beating seventh seed Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Steamrolled in the first set, Evans denied Cilic pace and then attacked when he could, taking his chances and pulling off the biggest shock of the men’s event so far. A small group of fans even started singing the British national anthem at the end, as Evans took in what he’d achieved.

Tweet of the night

Or rather, Knight.

Best quote

Evans revealed he’d lost his Nike clothing contract so had been shopping in Melbourne to get some tops. “It's Uniqlo. 19.99, the shirts are,” he said. “I think I bought about 18 shirts.” He’ll play Bernard Tomic in round three.

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