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Kyrgios loses to Kvitova in the fourth round of the Australian Open

Kyrgios loses to Kvitova in the fourth round of the Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court

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“It hurts more than you can imagine,” Kyrgios said. “I’m devastated. It’s disappointing.

“Kharakhova played great.”

The world No9 had a comfortable lead over world No9 Khachanov in the third rubber of the Australian Open men’s singles draw, although she was not yet in the hunt for a place in the fourth round as she awaited confirmation of the results of a drug test.

But Kyrgios went down in a thrilling final game in which her two rackets were destroyed by an errant line drive from Khachanov, which led to his withdrawal.

Kyrgios, 31, had won only three matches on the tournament’s clay surface and was in danger of missing the fourth round through being forced to forfeit her third-round match against Simona Halep and the second round against Maria Sharapova after both players were tested positive for a banned substance.

Kyrgios then lost to Petra Kvitova in the fourth round to send the Australian Open into the break after the first two rounds.

But with her second career Grand Slam final against No 1 Maria Sharapova also in sight, her world ranking is now at No 1.

“It was a pretty tough day,” Kyrgios said. “The last day was tough.

“I felt like I did OK today. I think I played well. I’m pretty proud of how I felt.

“Everything was going fine until we hit a little bit of rough water.”

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Kharakhova, who had won her fifth and sixth major titles in Australia, said: “I didn’t think I was struggling at all.

“I was more in control of the situation. I knew how I wanted to play. I knew it would be good for me in the end.

“I got used to the

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