Kyrgios beats Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 in Australian Open semi-final

Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court The reigning Australian open champion, who is aiming to go one better in his third straight Grand Slam…

Kyrgios beats Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 in Australian Open semi-final

Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court

The reigning Australian open champion, who is aiming to go one better in his third straight Grand Slam quarter final, saw his shot at a record-equaling 10th title in Melbourne fade away as the Bulgarian stunned him 6-4, 6-4, in an epic one-sided semi-final.

Khachanov broke Kyrgios in the second game of the second set, before getting two breaks of serve to lead 3-0, although he hit a double fault for the first time in his career to level the set.

Khachanoff won four of the last five games to force an extra end of the deciding set.

Kyrgios said: “The first game felt like a tennis match. He played well, he was very consistent, and I had chances to play a good tennis match. But he played better than me, I couldn’t find a way on the court to stop him.

“I’ve played a couple of matches against him in the past couple of weeks. I know how good he is, he plays a very, very aggressive game. He’s really good on the court in terms of playing aggressive tennis. I couldn’t do it.”

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The match came down to a deciding set as both men were trying to climb their way into contention for the Australian Open mixed doubles and were both struggling to find consistency.

Kyrgios was serving for the title when he went for his third break of serve of the match.

He was immediately broken back in the next game when he was serving for the second set. The final set saw both men struggling to close out the game.

Kyrgios has now lost in three of his last four matches as the world number three struggles to make the Top 100 in one of the toughest tournaments of the year.

A victory over Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals would have sealed a place in the final.

Kyrgios said: “I’m not

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