Kyrgios beat Nadal (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Nick Kyrgios saved three match points in a dramatic final set tiebreak to produce a stunning fightback against top seed Rafael Nadal and advance to the quarter-finals of the Mexican Open.
The Australian clawed his way back from a set down against the world No. 2 to force a deciding set before producing an even more dramatic recovery when 6-3 down in the third set tiebreak.
Struggling with injury and often booed by the Acapulco crowd, Kyrgios held his nerve to win 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) in three hours and two minutes to level up his head-to-head with the 17-time major winner to 3-3.
His reward is another tough encounter with three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat American seventh seed Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.
Nadal was sent packing (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Britain’s Cameron Norrie also enjoyed a fine 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-3 win against Argentine fourth seed Diego Schwartzman and will take on America’s Mackenzie McDonald in the last-eight.
In the other quarter-finals, John Isner will meet John Millman while second seed Alexander Zverev faces Aussie hotshot Alex de Minaur.
British No. 1 Johanna Konta advanced to the quarter-finas of the WTA event with a straight sets win over Varvara Flink and will take on Donna Vekic.
Away from the court there was more bad news for two of tennis’ biggest stars.
It’s more bad news for Sharapova (Picture: Getty Images)Maria Sharapova announced her withdrawal from the Miami Open after a ‘small procedure’ on her shoulder – an injury that has plagued her since last summer.
‘Although this has been a very long process, I am incredibly committed to getting back strong and more importantly without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of this year,’ she posted on Instagram.
Juan Martin del Potro, meanwhile, will be unable to defend his Indian Wells title as he prepares to undergo ‘regenerative therapy treatment’ on his knee.
The Argentine made a brief return to Delray Beach but will now miss the next Masters 1000 event.
‘I have to wait two weeks to see if the treatment will be effective to allow me to play in Miami,’ he posted on Twitter.
His absence from Indian Wells will likely see him drop down to at least world No. 8.