Drama shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone watching a match from Nick Kyrgios, but the Australian star found a new way to outdo herself Friday night

The 25-year-old came in his third round against World No.3 Dominic Thiem in his beloved John Cain Arena

With the noisy house believers in Kyrgios’ corner, the world no47 did its best to frenzy the devotees

It all started with a crucial break from Thiem in the first game that sparked a mass eruption that could easily have lifted the retractable roof off the arena

The sound reached a fever as Kyrgios took out the first sentence, but the most dramatic moment was yet to come

At 4-4 in the second set and after both players refused to give an inch for their own serve, Kyrgios again managed to break the runner-up at the Australian Open last year

Three command points to himself put Kyrgios on the verge of a two-for-one love lead when the Aussie decided to use one of the exceptionally bold tactics many fans had ever seen

Kyrgios is no stranger to an armpit serve, but it was hard to believe to see him at the designated point in the third round of a Grand Slam

What is more incredible, however, is that Kyrgios managed to defeat the low-lying Thiem to win the second stanza under the most dramatic circumstances

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The atmosphere in the John Cain Arena was electrifying The fans were undoubtedly hoping for a repeat of the thrilling five-set marathon that Kyrgios won in the second round against Ugo Humbert

It was clear from the start that Kyrgios’ game plan was to channel as much energy as possible from the crowd against a man who is considered to be one of the fitter and most physical in the sport

It didn’t take Kyrgios long to make the most of his “home advantage” when the Australian pounced on Thiem’s ​​opening game

Every point Kyrgios won in the opening game was greeted with an increasingly louder roar as the 25-year-old exploded from the blocks

When Kyrgios immediately managed to break Thiem, the noise was almost deafening as the Australian star encouraged fans to cheer even louder

Thiem stabilized after the first hiccup and rarely looked worried during the rest of the opening movement on the serve

With Kyrgios’ serve fired at all cylinders, the Aussie had the chance to serve 5-4 for the first set

With a nasty serve on the Thiem forehand, followed by a decisive volley, the home favorite got the opening set to trigger celebratory scenes

The second set served until the ninth game, when Kyrgios increased the pressure on Thiem’s ​​racket again

The Austrian was able to fend off the breakpoints twice, but Kyrgios was lucky for the third time when the Aussie opened up the chance of a two-set lead to love

Kyrgios signaled his intention with a booming ace in the middle to crank things up before taking out Thiem with the armpit ace that will undoubtedly be talked about in the years to come

Maintaining his momentum has always been a challenge for Kyrgios against an opponent known for his ability to cover the distance

So it turned out in the third verse, when Thiem benefited from a few loose Kyrgios, who served to win the set 6: 3 and get back into the competition

Thiem set up several breakpoint chances at 4: 4 in the fourth set after taking a deep return position far behind the baseline

The Austrian made the crucial break the third time when he asked to silence the home fans and infuriate Kyrgios

The dramatic competition took another turn when Kyrgios got a point penalty for smashing his racket, which Thiem did in 10 Game gave him a head start when he tried to bring the competition to two sets apiece

Kyrgios looked like he’d saved a set point with a great backhand pass, but Hawkeye showed he only missed the line by 8mm as the competition went into a crucial fifth set

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