Wednesday 24 January 2018 / 02:42 PM


Nick Kyrgios made a first-round exit from the US Open on day three, losing a four-setter to compatriot John Millman.

Kyrgios fought back to win the second set 6-1 after dropping the opener, but the controversial Aussie – hampered by a shoulder problem – was powerless to stop Millman closing out the match from that point.

The usual Kyrgios histrionics were present during the loss – he was warned for using foul language on one stage – though not to the usual embarrassing degree.

The post-match press conference did, however, dish up familiar soundbite gold:

“I don’t know, honestly. I’m not good enough for him,” Kyrgios responded when asked if he would continue to work with coach Sebastian Grosjean.

“You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.

“I’m not dedicated to the game at all,” he continued.

“I mean, you know what I mean: There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day. The ‘one-percenters.’ I’m not that guy.”

It was a huge result for world No.235 Millman, however, who is the only Australian remaining in the men’s draw.

Aussie hope Jordan Thompson, who upset 13th-seed Jack Sock in the first round, was up two sets to one against Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano but ultimately ran out of puff to lose in five sets.

Meanwhile, high-profile players Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin all progressed through their first-round assigments without too much trouble.

Top-10 seeds John Isner and Marin Cilic moved into the third-round with straight-sets wins, but eighth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out in straight sets to Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov.

On the women’s side of the fence, Australian Ashleigh Barty beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1 7-6 in the second round, while Maria Sharapova fought off Timea Babos in three, Garbine Muguruza whipped Duan Yingying 6-4 6-0, and Venus Williams notched a hard-fought straight-sets win over Oceane Dodin to join Barty in the last 32.

Eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova had to come from a set down to defeat Marketa Vondrousova in a first-round match-up, eventually winning 4-6 6-4 7-5, but the big upset of the day came in the form of fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki’s 2-6 7-6 1-6 hammering at the hands of Ekatrina Makarova.

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