US Open 2019: Nadal advances after Kokkinakis walkover, Kyrgios eases into 3rd round

first_img Next US Open 2019: Nadal advances after Kokkinakis walkover, Kyrgios eases into 3rd roundUS Open: While Rafael Nadal made it to the 3rd round after Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis retired with a shoulder injury, Nick Kyrgios advanced amid controversy surrounding his comments against the ATP. advertisement Reuters New YorkAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 09:11 IST US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal will be well rested ahead of his 3rd-round match (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNadal will take on Hyeon Chung in the 3rd roundKyrgios defeated Antoine Hoang 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in his 2nd-round matchKyrgios is under investigation by ATP Tour for critical comments about organisationThree-time champion Rafa Nadal got a walkover into the third round of the US Open after Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew from their evening match on Thursday.Kokkinakis, whose clash with the Spanish second seed was scheduled to close out the Thursday night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium, withdrew with a right shoulder injury, tournament organisers said in a statement.The 23-year-old Australian, who has struggled badly with injury in recent years, beat Bulgarian qualifier Ilya Ivashka in his opening match this week and was seeking his first appearance in the US Open third round.Nadal will now face South Korea’s Chung Hyeon who defeated Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in his 2nd-round match on Thursday.Fiery Nick Kyrgios storms into 3rd roundMeanwhile, Fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios mostly kept his cool en route to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 dismantling of Antoine Hoang in their second-round clash.The 28th seed had a row with the umpire even before the match started but avoided a full scale meltdown to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows for the fourth time.Although his play was accompanied by the usual outbursts of temper, mostly aimed at himself, there was little wrong with his tennis as he set up a meeting with Russian Andrey Rublev in just under two hours.Kyrgios, who is under investigation by the ATP Tour for critical comments he made about the organisation this week, won the opening coin toss and chose to receive.It proved a smart decision as he broke the unseeded Frenchman in the first game and held serve at love in the next to race out to a 2-0 lead he would not relinquish.advertisementHe broke Hoang again early in the second and third sets to suck any drama out of the affair and keep his bid for a maiden Grand Slam title on track.The only bright spot for the 23-year-old Hoang came in the third set, when he landed a deft backhand volley to break Kyrgios, who applauded his opponent.But Kyrgios’ 24 aces and punishing forehands proved too much for Hoang to handle and he went quietly into the warm New York night on the Grandstand court.Before the match started, the combustible Kyrgios appeared to be up to his usual antics when he had the collar on his polo shirt popped up to reveal the words “Just Do You.”The chair umpire told him to put it down and Kyrgios demanded to know why, asking to speak to a supervisor and saying he would not play until he was shown the rule in writing.After a brief conversation with a supervisor he backed down and the match began as scheduled.Also Read | Simona Halep disappointed after another early exit from US OpenAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow US Open 2019Follow Nick KyrgiosFollow Hyeon ChungFollow Thanasi KokkinakisFollow TennisFollow ATPlast_img read more