Kyrgios branded 'an absolute k**b' as Medvedev gets centre court wish – Aus Open round-up


It is Australia Day Down Under today and Nick Kyrgios and the Aussies continue to make the news at the Australian Open.

New Zealander Michael Venus has branded Kyrgios “an absolute k**b” after clashing during his team’s defeat to the Special Ks in yesterday’s quarter-finals.

Joe Salisbury could be set to face the Aussie wildcards in an explosive final on Saturday night – but they will first have to get past another local pairing in the semis tomorrow.

And the second two semi-finalists in the women’s singles have been decided today before male world No.2 Daniil Medvedev returns to the Rod Laver Arena tonight.

Kyrgios called out by Venus

The Kiwi accused Kyrgios of whipping up the crowd in the packed Kia Arena during their quarter-final defeat – and the two exchanged words after the match.

And later, Venus said: “The amount of messages I got from people, an extreme amount, way, way more than I’ve ever had but then a lot of messages from people saying how embarrassed they were with the crowd’s behaviour and they’re sorry, it shouldn’t have been like that.

“They’ll always be his supporters and he’ll spin it in a way that helps him but at the end of the day he’s an absolute k**b.”

Kyrgios said after the match: “I have never had this much fun on a tennis court ever”

And Kokkinakis added: “It wouldn’t be a doubles match with us if there wasn’t some controversy. Everyone seems to have a problem with us.”

The Special Ks will play their semi-final against No.3 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the Rod Laver Arena tomorrow afternoon local time (not before 3.30am UK time) with ground pass holders allowed in to watch to guarantee another hot atmosphere.

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Joe Salisbury could have to do an Aussie double to reclaim the title. And he reckons Venus was right to be annoyed

The 2020 champions Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram returned to the semis by beating  Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-2.

They now face Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell after the Aussies saw off No.10 seeds Neal Skupski And Wesley Koolhof 3-6 6-4 7-6 in the Kia Arena.

Speaking about Venus’ reaction, the Londoner said: “Some of the stuff going on, I watched some of it, some of it is borderline. I think it is gerat to have a lot of support and the crowd really getting into it and getting a bit rowdy but you obvously want them to be respectful of the players as well and for it to be.

“There were some times in the match where I wouldn’t have been surprised if they had just stopped playing and been like: ‘If they are going to keep making noise, I am going to wait till they stop’. And they weren’t stopping. It is a tough situation. I think you have got to have a strong umpire there to be able to manage it. But it is difficult because there is only so much you can do unless you start kicking out people who are making the noise during the points there is not much you can do. I think it is good they are getting into it that much. Sometimes it is a bit over the top, over the line.”

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It is Swiatek v Collins tomorrow night

Iga Swiatek fought back to beat Kaia Kanepi in a “crazy” quarter-final to set up a semi-final against Danielle Collins.

The No.7 seed, the only top-20 player left in the bottom half of the draw, beat the Estonian veterana 4-6 7-6 6-3 victory.

“This match was crazy,” said the Pole.

She will now face Danielle Collins after the American ended Alize Cornet’s dream run to the last eight 7-5 6-1 win.

For the first time, both women’s semi-finals will be played back to back tomorrow night with world No.1 and local favourite Ash Barty on first against Madison Keys.

World No.2 gets his way with the scheduling

The US Open champion had a whinge after his quarter-final win about playing in the Margaret Court Arena.

The Russian said: “I really don’t know what I should do to play on centre courts in Grand Slams, because I won the last Grand Slam. I’m the highest seed here. It’s the same in Wimbledon.”

But the No.2 seed will next face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the main court at 8.30am UK time.


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