Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was lost for words after claiming an epic win at Melbourne Park on late Saturday night. Kyrgios, seeded at No. 23, edged out 16th-seeded Karen Khachanov 6-2 7-6 (5) 6-7 (6) 6-7 (7) 7-6 (8) in just less than four and a half hours of play to advance to the Australian Open round-of-16.
Khachanov saved a set point in the third set and one more in the fourth set to force a decider -- in which he fell just short of clinching a huge comeback win. The Russian led 8-7 in the fifth set super tie-break and had two serves, before Kyrgios won three points in a row to end on the winning side in the longest match of his career.
"Man, it was crazy. I don’t even know what to say right now. That was insane. I’ve got no words for how I’m feeling right now,” Kyrgios said after the epic win, per the AAP and Tennis Australia. “None of that wouldn’t have happened without my team, that’s for sure.
They supported me the whole time. And you guys were unbelievable again. “I was losing it mentally a bit … my support team, you guys, just willed me over the line. I thought I was gonna lose, honestly. “It’s emotional.
I haven’t had a moment like that for four, five years, since I last played here against (Andreas) Seppi. So that’s definitely one of the best wins of my career, I think. It was insane”.