2015 Australian Open, Quarter-Final Preview: Nick Kyrgios v Andy Murray


On a fantastic Sunday night in Melbourne, Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray won their fourth round matches to set up a tantalising quarter-final that will see Kyrgios play his first match of the tournament on Rod Laver Arena.  Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to defeat Andreas Seppi, 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 8-6 in three hours and 34 minutes.  It was a match that produced a collection of gems – on the tennis front, Kyrgios’s forehand down-the-line to go up a break of serve in the decider was terrific.  On the non-tennis front, Kyrgios shouting at departing crowd members, “where are you going” and then to one gentleman in the crowd, “get off your f****** phone mate” was amusing.  Seppi smirking after hitting a winner and getting what almost sounded like boos was good too.  The dramatic match ended as only it could with a challenge on match point.

Kyrgios’s level fluctated wildly between the five sets, but his poor attitude remained stable throughout the match.  At only 19, although it’s not great to see, I hope it’s something that will improve over time.  In the fourth set tiebreak, Seppi became passive and Kyrgios took advantage.  After charging into a 4-1 final set lead, Seppi came back and started to go for his shots a little more.  It looked like the momentum might be slipping for Kyrgios, but he did a pretty good job at wrestling it back and finishing off the match.  This is Kyrgios’s second Grand Slam quarter-final and he sent Hisense Arena into complete hysteria with this victory.

Andy Murray had an equally eventful evening, defeating Grigor Dimitrov in a high quality four setter.  There were plenty of ups and downs during the match; Dimitrov started superbly, but lost the first set.  Murray twice went up a break in the second set and even served for it, but Dimitrov won it on the tiebreak.  The fourth set will not be a happy memory for Dimitrov as he was unable to take advantage of a 5-2* lead and even a set point.  His racquet smash was IMMENSE.

Murray and Kyrgios will play each other for the second time on tour after Murray won in Toronto last year, 6-2 6-2.  I think there will be a great respect between the pair and obviously, a buzzing atmosphere.  Kyrgios seems to thrive in these kind of atmospheres, but against someone of Murray’s quality, I think this will be a huge step up from his four previous matches this fortnight.  I also think all these matches will catch up with him after coming into the tournament with an injury concern.  I’ve got a feeling that this could be somewhat of a damp squib… I really hope I am wrong.

Prediction: Murray d. Kyrgios in 3 sets

 Sunday’s poll results: 69% of readers correctly predicted that Murray would beat Dimitrov and 79% (!) correctly predicted that Kyrgios would beat Seppi.

2 thoughts on “2015 Australian Open, Quarter-Final Preview: Nick Kyrgios v Andy Murray

  1. I’m glad you frown on Kyrgios poor attitude, too. I can’t stand the guy. It comes to something when you make Bernard Tomic look like the nice one…
    Murray should be okay, so long as he gets his first serves in and really pushes the Aussie without getting too defensive.


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