Top-ranked Nadal cruises into 4th round

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Nick Kyrgios put aside a bloody hand, a hamstring issue, a tiff with the chair umpire and a resilient opponent who saved a pair of match points.

When the Australian Open third-round thriller ended after about 4 1/2 hours Saturday, Kyrgios dropped to his back behind the baseline. Guess what's next for the home-crowd favorite? A much-anticipated matchup with a familiar, but decidedly not friendly, foe: No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

Kyrgios eventually got past No. 16 Karen Khachanov 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (6), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (8) with the help of 33 aces and what sounded like an entire country of supporters in the stands.

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2020 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 R. Nadal 10,235
2 N. Djokovic 9,720
3 R. Federer 6,590
4 D. Medvedev 5,960
5 D. Thiem 5,890
6 S. Tsitsipas 5,375
7 A. Zverev 3,345
8 M. Berrettini 2,870
9 R. Bautista Agut 2,630
10 G. Monfils 2,565
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2020 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 8,017
2 K. Pliskova 5,940
3 S. Halep 5,561
4 N. Osaka 5,496
5 E. Svitolina 5,075
6 B. Andreescu 4,935
7 B. Bencic 4,675
8 P. Kvitova 4,436
9 S. Williams 4,215
10 K. Bertens 4,165
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