While the Nick Kyrgios experience can so often be unpredictable, the Australian showed a very different side on Monday morning as he defeated Italian Fabio Fognini at the Miami Open.

Kyrgios, coming off a 52-minute demolition of seventh-ranked Andrey Rublev, took down the world No.34 in straight-sets (6-2, 6-4).
It took just 61 minutes this time around for Kyrgios, who is a wildcard, to take care of Fognini and move through to the last 16.

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British commentator and former Wimbledon finalist Tim Henman was full of praise for Kyrgios, who he said showed a “mature” side of his game.

“It was a really great performance, not only was his tennis of a really high standard I thought mentally he kept his composure really well,” he said.

““It was mature, professional, calculated. He’ll be extremely pleased with his progress so far.”

Kyrgios is now 7-2 on the season, having arrived in Miami off the back of an impressive charge to the quarter-finals at Indian Wells.

Nick Kyrgios is on a roll. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Nick Kyrgios is on a roll. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The Australian hit 10 aces to Fognini’s two and won 85 per cent of points on first serve and 78 per cent of points on his second serve.

“I wanted to keep the momentum going,” Kyrgios said in his on-court interview.

“As soon as I had break points I wanted to take them. I served well and I am happy to be through. I am just returning well. My doubles has helped me a lot on my singles court. The way I am serving and returning is quite a sight to see.”


Elsewhere, Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova’s dream run at the Miami Open continued on Sunday after she dispatched Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

The 16-year-old dominated Azarenka to race into a 6-2, 3-0 lead before the veteran Belarusian retired.

Former world number one Azarenka, who broke down in tears during her defeat to Elena Rybakina at Indian Wells early this month, looked out of sorts throughout against the impressive Fruhvirtova.

It was not immediately clear why Azarenka retired.

Azarenka shouted towards her coach ‘why am I here?’ at one point and barely shook the hand of the teenager before leaving.

Victoria Azarenka crashed out in bizarre scenes. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

Czech wildcard Fruhvirtova, who arrived in South Florida with a world ranking of 279, is playing in her first major WTA event.

She had already scored an upset victory over Belgian 24th seed Elise Mertens in the previous round on Friday.

“I saw it wasn’t her best tennis but of course I didn’t want it to end this way,” Fruhvirtova said after the match.

“Vika is one of the players I grew up watching and she is definitely the one to look up to. I hope that she feels better as soon as possible.

“I don’t think I’ve ever played in such a big stadium and these are the memories I’m going to remember forever.”

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