Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was lost for words after saving two match points to beat rising French star Ugo Humbert in the Australian Open second round. Kyrgios, ranked at No. 47 in the world, was down by two sets to one and facing two match points, before he created a comeback to beat Humbert 5-7 6-4 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-4.
Humbert was serving for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set and had two match points but failed to convert Kyrgios went on to steal the fourth set in the tie-break. After stealing the fourth set, kyrgios claimed an early fifth-set break in the third game and then held on to his serve to seal the win.
“I’m lost for words. Honestly, that is one of the craziest matches I’ve ever played,” Kyrgios said, per Tennis Australia.
Kyrgios praised Humbert
Humbert enjoyed a breakthrough season on the Tour last year and he was close to beating Kyrgios.
"He's a heck of a player. Think he got one of the most improved players last year, you can see why. The one thing I had him on right now is experience. I've just drawn from experience so much on this court. I put my head down and tried to make him play," Kyrgios said, per George Bellshaw.
Kyrgios, who made the Australian Open round-of-16 last year, was desperate to get a win against Humbert. "Honestly, if you were in my head, I was just thinking about all the shit I was going to clobber if I lost that match.
I don't know how I did that. I'm lost for words. That is one of the craziest matches I've ever played," Kyrgios added. Six-time ATP champion Kyrgios plays next against third-seeded Dominic Thiem. “I live to fight another day and hopefully I can keep playing good tennis like that,” Kyrgios said.