Nick Kyrgios of Australia during his first-round match against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus at the Madrid Open.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia during his first-round match against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus at the Madrid Open. KIKO HUESCA

Nick Kyrgios sets up possible all-Aussie showdown in Madrid

DISTRACTED as he mourns the death of his grandfather, Nick Kyrgios has surged into the second round of the Madrid Open - and a possible clash with Bernard Tomic.

Tomic will face American Ryan Harrison on Tuesday night (AEST), with the winner to advance to a meeting with the impressive Kyrgios.

The Canberran struck 14 aces to beat Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7-1) 6-4, winning 81% of service points and converting his only break point.

The Australian could be heard by the on-court microphones telling the ATP Tour physio "I can serve but I can't move that well", before grimacing in pain as he received treatment.

The 16th seed apologised to Australian Open runner-up Baghdatis at the net, explaining his "head wasn't really in it" - a reference to the passing of his grandfather Christos.

Kyrgios bypassed the Estoril event to attend the funeral.

Other seeded players to join Kyrgios in the second round included Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who beat German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (9-7) 6-4, and Tomas Berdych, who achieved a 6-4 6-4 win over Denis Istomin.

Kyrgios's doubles partner Jack Sock was sent packing though, the American suffering a 6-4 0-6 7-6 (7-4) loss to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. And in an all-French battle, Gilles Simon upset 15th-seed Gael Monfils 0-6 6-0 7-6 (7-0).

Madrid officials used the opening ceremony to pay homage to Kyrgios and Juan Martin del Potro, who is also mourning the death of his grandfather.

News Corp Australia


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