Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios ignores heckler and helicopter to beat Viktor Troicki

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At 5-2 down in the fourth set breaker I was getting ready for a fifth set mentally.

After posting vision of him shouting during the match with Kyrgios glaring at him from the court before security guards dragged Zhu from the stand, he revealed the act had been a dare, and that the freakish screech the wannabe comedian let out was apparently a "sex noise". Tsonga needed a strong start to the second set, and he got just that, breaking Kyrgios and eventually building a 4-2 lead.

The 32-year-old Frenchman broke back, forcing the first of three tiebreaks, but, tellingly, Kyrgios won them all.

Nick Kyrgios is through to the third round of the Australian Open.

The affinity Kyrgios has had for Tsonga has been well documented.

Kyrgios attended the 2008 tournament, when Tsonga reached the final, as a 12-year-old fan and took a ball to each of the Frenchman's practice sessions to get autographed. At the end of Friday's often tense match, the two embraced at the net. Despite losing three games in a row, Kyrgios showed great maturity by regrouping to close out the match on a 7-2 tiebreak. I met him after the match.

Tsonga is ranked No. 15 in the world, while Kyrgios is the No. 17 player in the world.

Being the classy, well-respected individual Tsonga has been during his entire career, though, that has been problematic for the Aussie.

Troicki saved one match point at 1-6 in the tiebreak with a deft volley but Kyrgios struck a backhand into the corner a point later to complete a good night's work and supply further evidence that he is harnessing his unique talent.

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Top-ranked woman Simona Halep faces Lauren Davis in the first match on Rod Laver Arena, with Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty facing Naomi Osaka later in the afternoon.

Kyrgios has been a volatile customer and only now he is maturing up a bit.

"I got lucky but it was a tough match and I am happy to get through". "The most important in tennis I think is to believe in it".

The cries appear to just be a nonsensical howl rather than any particular words, but were enough to earn the unwanted attention of the players, crowd and security. "I was just happy to get through and you guys were fantastic tonight".

That perception is based on the reality of some of the incidents that have surrounded Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, who was fined $3,700 after his first round match for telling a fan to "shut the f*** up", said 'Well done, you're an idiot, ' to Zhu after the video stunt. "People think I'm cool, but I wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever", Kyrgios said.

"It was surreal seeing him tonight".

Although we often describe the Australian as a flashy player, it was his consistency that was most impressive in this match.

That's genuine, in a good way. It's going to be tough.

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