Nick Kyrgios hopes to be one of the Aussie players to remain in the competition at the 2016 Australian Open when he faces Tomas Berdych in the third round of the tournament.
Kyrgios has been showing promise at the 2016 Australian Open following his solid win over Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-4 7-5 7-6(2) on Wednesday at Melbourne Park. His straight sets victory over Cuevas proved the 20-year-old Kyrgios should not be taken lightly at the Australian Open and may have the upper hand against Berdych, who also posted an impressive win over Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic 6-4 6-0 6-3.
"They all love Berdych as well, he's got a massive fan base,” Kyrgios said, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. “He is one of the greatest players playing right now so it's going to be a really good match."
However, Kyrgios’ on-court antics have also been as consistent as much of his game in the first Grand Slam event of the year. Kyrgios, infamous for his controversial sledge at Stan Wawrinka last year, was once again out on a show - this time, an outfit change in the middle of a match.
The Australian tennis bad boy called for a “toilet break” while being down 3-4 in the second set for a wardrobe change, suiting up with a different pair of shorts that apparently helped him regain control of the match.
Meanwhile, Berdych is aware of the challenge facing him with his match against Kyrgios after demolishing Basic in the second round of the Australian Open. The Czech No. 6 believes it would be a tough match playing Kyrgios, who has a knack of winning big games.
“It's a guy that likes to have big matches,” Berdych said, reports the Australian Open’s official website. “So I have to be really, really being there, being prepared, being very focused from the first point.”