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NICK KYRGIOS faces a huge test in front of his home crowd at the Australian Open as he takes on number 3 seed Dominic Thiem.
The outspoken Aussie came through a five-set thriller against 29th seed Ugo Humbert in round two as he smashed his racket twice in arguments with umpire Marijana Veljovic.
Nick Kyrgios is 11-2 at the John Cain ArenaCredit: EPA
Third seed Dominic Thiem heads into this third round match as favouriteCredit: AFP or licensors
But he knows he will have to be even better against Austrian Thiem, who pushed Novak Djokovic all the way in last year’s final.
What time does Thiem vs Kyrgios start?
- Dominic Thiem takes on Nick Kyrgios in the evening session at the Australian Open.
- The players are set to take to the John Cain Arena at around 8am UK time – 7pm in Melbourne.
- In what could be a big equaliser, Kyrgios has labelled the John Cain Arena his favourite place in the world to play tennis.
- He is currently 11-2 at the venue.
What TV channel is Thiem vs Kyrgios on and can I live stream it?
What they said
Kyrgios: “He’s probably one of the most physical guys on tour. He’s an extremely good player.
“He’s definitely, I have actually seen him progress. He’s a bit older than I am.
“I actually saw him in juniors and then I saw him struggle for a couple of years; futures, challies, and then to see him get to the top of the game.
“It’s actually been pretty cool to see him develop and finally find what he needs to do to win matches.
“He trains like an absolute animal. He’s consistent every day. And I actually have a lot of respect for him.
“I think his style of tennis is not easy to play. He’s super physical. But I’m not even thinking about it. Like, I’m just hurting thinking about playing him right now.
“Whatever happens against Thiem happens. I’m going to go out there, serve, play with instinct and if it’s enough, it’s enough. If it isn’t, I’m all right with that.”
Dominic Thiem 2/9
Nick Kyrgios 16/5