ao20kyrgios_khachanov

Points won by each set: [ 28-19, 46-42, 42-45, 37-41, 38-38 ]
Points won directly on serve:
32 % Kyrgios – 60 of 186
28 % Khachanov – 53 of 190

# The first match with a champions tie-break I’ve statistically made (in the second Aus Open edition with it)… There was 2-all when Kyrgios [26] won five straight games. He was playing superb tennis and his routine win was on the horizon as he led 4:2* in the 3rd set. The Russian [16] broke back and to the end it was an amazingly tight encounter, one of rare 5-set matches with four consecutive tie-breaks; Khachanov was only three points away to make something unprecedented, winning three consecutive sets facing match points!

The Open Era matches when the loser won two sets saving match points (their number):
RG ’90 (2R): Paul Haarhuis d. Jim Pugh 64 76 67 67 75… (5)
WB ’96 (2R): Luke Milligan d. Nicolas Lapentti 64 62 67 67 61… (7)
AO ’20 (3R): Nick Kyrgios d. Karen Khachanov 62 76 67 67 76… (2)

The Russian saved a match point in the 3rd set TB with a service winner at *5:6 and another one in the following TB at *6:7 when he forced Kyrgios’ BH error attacking the net. In the decider they held twelve times easily (the only ‘deuce’ on Kyrgios’ serve as he trailed 3:4). For Khachanov it was a champions tie-break in his second successive match; he ousted Mikael Ymer in the previous round despite a 6:8 deficit, this time he blew an *8:7 lead (from *0:3). Being two points away from defeat Kyrgios hit a backhand down the line winner, Khachanov made two backhand errors in the last two points. The Australian was also two points away from losing the first out of four tie-breaks at 5-all when he survived the longest rally (25 strokes) of the match after Khachanov’s BH error. The Russian threw his racquet the only time after it. Following this match Kyrgios 7-2, Khachanov 4-4 in five-setters.

Serve & volley: Kyrgios 15/22, Khachanov 0

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1 Response to ao20kyrgios_khachanov

  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Australian Open champions tie-breaks:

    2019
    1R: Chardy d. Humbert 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6(10/6)
    2R: Fabbiano d. Opelka 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(10/5)
    2R: Nishikori d. Karlovic 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6(10/7)
    4R: Nishikori d. Carreno 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6(10/8)… 5:8
    2020
    1R: Anderson d. Ivashka 6-4, 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(10/8)
    1R: Gerasimov d. Ruud 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6(10/6)
    1R: Fognini d. Opelka 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(10/5)
    2R: Cilic d. Paire 6-2, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(10/3)
    2R: Paul d. Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6(10/3)
    2R: Fognini d. Thompson 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(10/4)
    2R: Khachanov d. M.Ymer 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(10/8)… 6:8
    3R: Federer d. Millman 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(10/8)… 4:8
    3R: Kyrgios d. Khachanov 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 7-6(10/8)… 7:8
    2021
    2R: Fucsovics d. Wawrinka 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(11/9)… 4:8 and 6:9
    2R: Fognini d. Caruso 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(14/12)… 1:5 and 10:11
    2022
    2R: Korda d. Moutet 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6(10/6)
    3R: Berrettini d. Alcaraz 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(10/5)

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