Nick Kyrgios route to the final | Aussie forced to withdraw following injury

Andrew Francis in Australian Open 16 Jan 2023

Nick Kyrgios saw his Australian Open hopes end in the most disappointing fashion when he was forced to withdraw from the competition with a knee injury.

The home favourite was set to take to the court today for his first round match with Roman Safiullin after feeling the injury following an exhibition match with Novak Djokovic on Friday.

“It’s obviously been pretty brutal before [one] of the most important tournaments of my career,” Kyrgios said. “It hasn’t been easy at all.”

“I’m devastated obviously. It’s like my home tournament. I’ve had some great memories here,” Kyrgios said.

“Obviously last year winning the title in doubles and playing the best tennis of my life probably. Then going into this event as one of the favourites, it’s brutal.”

Australian Open Odds

Player Odds (Bet365)
Novak Djokovic 5/6
Daniil Medvedev 9/2
Rafael Nadal 10/1
Jannik Sinner 14/1
Stefanos Tsitsipas 14/1
Felix Auger Aliassime 16/1

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Nick Kyrgios potential route to Australian Open final

Round Potential Opponent
Round one withdrew vs Roman Safiullin (ANA)
Round two
Round three
Round four
Quarter-final
Semi-final
Final

*Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) is a capacity under which athletes can compete at international sporting competitions without representing their nations. As of January 2023, only Russian and Belarusian athletes of some sports have competed or are competing within the ANA capacity.

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