Nick Kyrgios is facing an added obstacle ahead of his clash with Daniil Medvedev after a rowdy outburst during his opening win.
Nick Kyrgios faces world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev tonight and the Aussie will be hoping to put on a show even if he is the underdog against last year’s US Open champion.
Fellow local hope Alex De Minaur is also playing on centre court today while Brits Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu are other big names to keep an eye on.
Kyrgios shafted in Aus Open blow
Nick Kyrgios will play Daniil Medvedev on Rod Laver Arena tonight rather than his favourite court in the world as organisers opted to put the Russian world No. 2 on centre court.
Kyrgios loves playing on John Cain Arena because of its rowdy atmosphere. You only had to watch his win over Liam Broady on Tuesday to see how much he enjoys playing on the “People’s Court” at Melbourne Park because of the raucous support he receives.
Broady said it was an “awful” experience as he was sledged by spectators, while Kyrgios said he revs the crowd up to unsettle his opponent when faced with tough situations, like a break point.
Kyrgios would no doubt have loved to face Medvedev on John Cain Arena but the world No. 2 commands bigger billing, so their match is on Rod Laver Arena — the biggest court at Melbourne Park.
Speaking after his win over Broady, Kyrgios was asked if he would like to see his match against Medvedev “on your court (John Cain) or his court (Rod Laver)”.
“Obviously either way it’s going to be a hell of an experience for me,” Kyrgios said.
“To play it on John Cain would be — I’m just going to call it the Kyrgios Court — would be fun.”
On Nine, Aussie wheelchair tennis legend Dylan Alcott said: “It is going to be interesting to see how Nick goes with the Rod Laver Arena crowd. A lot more corporates in there.
“Might not be as rowdy but I’m predicting absolutely anything.”
Day four order of play
Rod Laver Arena
From 11am: Alize Cornet (FRA) vs  Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
Xinyu Wang (CHN) vs  Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
Not before 2:30pm: Kamil Macjchrzak (POL) vs  Alex de Minaur (AUS)
Not before 7pm: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs  Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
 Simona Halep (ROU) vs Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)
Margaret Court Arena
From 11am:  Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs Clara Tauson (DEN)
Hailey Baptiste (USA) vs Maddison Inglis (AUS)
Sebastian Baez (ARG) vs  Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
Not before 7pm: Danka Kovinic (MNE) vs  Emma Raducanu (GBR)
Steve Johnson (USA) vs  Jannik Sinner (ITA)
John Cain Arena
From 11am:  Iga Swiatek (POL) vs Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
Not before 1pm: Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs  Taylor Fritz (USA)
Shuai Zhang (CHN) vs  Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
Not before 5:30pm: Andy Murray (GBR) vs Taro Daniel (JPN)
Day four preview
Title favourite Daniil Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios will square off tonight in a blockbuster second-round encounter that could play a big part in shaping the destiny of this year’s Australian Open men’s singles title.
Andy Murray will be back on the rowdy John Cain Arena after an epic five-set win on Tuesday, while other men to watch will be fourth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas and fifth seed Andrey Rublev.
In the women’s draw, third seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain faces French veteran Alize Cornet in second-round action, while Britain’s Emma Raducanu will look to repeat her resurgent form that saw her power past Sloane Stephens.
But all eyes will be on world number two Medvedev — the de facto top seed after Novak Djokovic was thrown out of Australia — and the maverick, volatile Kyrgios, who won both the pair’s previous meetings in 2019.
With Djokovic out and Roger Federer absent because of injury, the draw has opened up for the 25-year-old US Open champion Medvedev — but first he has to get past Australian showman Kyrgios and the raucous antics of his legion of home fans.
“It’s definitely going to be not easy against the crowd. He’s going to try to pump himself up, like, he likes to play big names,” said Medvedev, who will take on Kyrgios in the prime-time evening match on centre court, Rod Laver Arena.
“I think our last match was so long ago … that it’s really tough to count it.”
Kyrgios said he was looking forward to locking horns again with Medvedev, who he beat in Rome and Washington three years ago.
“It’s going to be a hell of an experience for me. You know, he’s probably the best player in the world at the moment,” said Kyrgios.
“I’m excited for that moment. That’s why I play the game.”
Murray turned back the clock in typically combative style for his first win at the Australian Open since 2017 on Tuesday. He faces qualifier Taro Daniel of Japan.
Greek fourth seed Tsitsipas continues his bid for a maiden Grand Slam title against 88th-ranked Argentine Sebastian Baez, while Russian fifth seed Rublev comes up against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, the world number 93.
Women’s US Open champion Raducanu has been rewarded for her highly entertaining rollercoaster 6-0 2-6 6-1 victory over Stephens with a prime evening slot on Margaret Court Arena against Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.
A win for Raducanu, who has Romanian heritage, could set up a potential third-round clash against former world number one Simona Halep, who the British teenager idolised when she was growing up.
The two will clash for the first time if they both win, with the Romanian two-time grand slam champion Halep following Kyrgios and Medvedev on to court for a late-night clash against Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil.
Anett Kontaveit had a breakout 2021 season and the Estonian sixth seed continues her tilt at a first Grand Slam title against Denmark’s Clara Tauson.
Struggling world number two Aryna Sabalenka managed to scrape into the second round in three sets despite 12 double faults. The Belarusian faces China’s Wang Xinyu for a place in the last 32.
Originally published as Australian Open live: Nick Kyrgios shafted in second round blow