Michael Venus meets Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals of doubles at the Australian Open.
Sixth-seeded Venus and her German partner Tim Puetz earned a bye against Australian wildcards Jason Kubler and Chris O’Connell on Sunday after O’Connell injured his hip and was forced to withdraw in his third-round singles loss on Saturday.
Later on Sunday, Kyrgios and his Australian partner Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Gonzalo Escobar of Ecuador 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 at the John Cain Arena.
Kyrgios has previously succeeded in singles at this court and he and Kokkinakis have enjoyed their frantic doubles crowds.
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“You can’t get up for games like that,” Kokkinakis said.
“Tell Craig (Tiley) to keep planning us out here. This atmosphere is crazy.”
The duo next play Tim Puetz and Michael Venus, who are sixth seeded as they aim to add a senior doubles major to their 2013 Wimbledon junior doubles crown.
“We win it,” said Kyrgios.
“I definitely think we have a good chance of winning this.
“We’re locked in.”
But Venus and Pütz have had some fantastic results since forming a combination after the French Open and ending 2021 by winning the Paris Masters 1000 title together.
Both are in the top 20 of the ATP doubles rankings with Venus 15th and Pütz 18th and can count on promotion after reaching the quarterfinals.
However, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, known as the Special K’s, will have huge support from the home crowd behind them and with Kyrgio’s involvement there is also the potential for fireworks.
On Friday, Kyrgios claimed the coach and trainer of Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic threatened to fight him after he and Thanasi Kokkinakis dumped the Australian Open doubles top seeds.
“I was just letting you know after yesterday’s chop fest in doubles that my opponent’s coach and trainer threatened to fight in the players’ gym,” Kyrgios said on Twitter.
“Tennis is a soft, soft sport @TKokkinakis just because I was moving and hitting her with a tennis ball.”
The quarter-final game will not be played until Tuesday.
On Monday, Venus will again face compatriot Erin Routliffe for their second round match in mixed doubles.
The third-placed Kiwi team meets No. 4-seeded Puetz and Alexa Guarachi of Chile in game four.