Australia’s world no. 33 Nick Kyrgios was big on entertainment as he took on Serbia’s world no. 44 Dusan Lajovic.
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Photo: Nick Kyrgios of Australia in action against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia during day seven at the Miami Open Tennis on March 24, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
The Canberra native pulled off two underarm aces, hit no-look volleys, hit a tweener and blasted some big forehands on the way to a 6-3, 6-1 victory to advance to round four for a fourth straight year in Miami.
His first underarm ace came at 3-1, 40-0. In total Kyrgios served 12 Aces to zero. He also served two double faults. Kyrgios’ first serve percentage was a respectable 69% to 70% for Lajovic.
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Kyrgios faced seven break points but was only broken once, that coming in the first set. The Australian was able to break his opponent five times from six opportunities.
After his first underarm ace Kyrgios found himself in a verbal stoush with a fan that was later removed from the stadium.
“Did you get a free ticket?” Kyrgios asked the spectator.
“Why are you watching me on a Sunday night?
“Have you got nothing else to do on a Sunday night?”
After the match Kyrgios said, “I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring on the tennis court, but I’m going out there and having fun.”
“I served well and returned well and I’m really happy. Today it was a pretty good all-around performance.”
Next up for the Australian is Croatia’s no. 11 seed Borna Coric. Kyrgios has twice reached the semifinals in Miami back in 2016 and 2017.
Tomorrow in Miami Australia’s Jordan Thompson will take on Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the fourth round. It is their first meeting.