Kyrgios admitted he feared getting defaulted when he hit a young fan with his ball – and he offered a racquet to the boy as an apology.
“He already did get mad there by himself. It’s amazing, he can smash a ball out that hits a kid and just ’cause he gives them a racquet afterwards people can say he’s such a good guy.”
The 2020 champions Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram beat Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-2.
They might have to do an Aussie double to claim a second title here as 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.
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.