Nick Kyrgios has survived an epic three-set clash against Frances Tiafoe to progress through to the semi-finals of the Washington Open.
After two and a half hours of high quality tennis, the Australian prevailed over the American 6-7 7-6 6-2.
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There was nothing in it in the first set, but Kyrgios didn’t do himself any favours with a double fault in the tie-break to give Tiafoe the upper hand.
The match went up a gear in the second set, culminating in an epic tie-break that Kyrgios won 14-12, as he somehow managed to save five match points.
Kyrgios and Tiafoe fired off several aces and countless lengthy rallies in an exchange that left tennis fans in awe.
The Washington Post’s Ella Brockway tweeted: “This Kyrgios-Tiafoe match is absolutely bonkers.
“There are few things in sports quite like The Nick Kyrgios Experience.”
Both players complained to the chair umpire on multiple occasions, unhappy with spectators in the crowd yelling out during points and as they were preparing to serve.
“I want to go to bed,” Kyrgios said midway through the third set.
He fired off a whopping 35 aces and 60 winners in total as he ran away with the third set, wrapping up the match at 1am local time in Washington D.C.
He will next face Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the semi-finals as his quest for a second title in Washington continues.
On the women’s side of the draw, Australia’s Daria Saville continued her strong form with a 6-1 7-5 win over Rebecca Marino to book her place in a semi-final against sixth seed Kaia Kanepi.
Top seed Andrey Rublev won twice on Saturday (AEST) to reach the semi-finals of the ATP and WTA Washington Open, dispatching Americans Maxime Cressy and J.J. Wolf at the US Open tuneup.
Rain forced double duty upon Rublev and several others but storms provided everyone a timely rest break between matches.
He will take on Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the other semi-final.
Originally published as ‘Absolutely bonkers’: Nick Kyrgios wows in ‘absurd’ Washington Open win