Melbourne, Jan 21 (IANS) Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria on Sunday defeated Australia's Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) in the fourth round of the Australian Open, ending the host nation's hopes for its first men's champion in decades.
Dimitrov seemed to be on his way to a straight set win after clinching the first two sets, but had to overcome a late revival by Kyrgios to seal the victory after three hours and 26 minutes, reports Efe.
"What can I say? Playing against Nick is always tricky. He deserves a lot of credit. He fought really hard," Dimitrov said after the win.
Both players held serve through the first set, with Dimitrov squandering three break points, but he did not offer his rival any.
They traded serve breaks, one apiece during the second set, pushing it to a tie break, which Dimitrov clinched.
Kyrgios turned up the heat in the third set, seizing on one break point out of the two he got to close the gap.
Again, each player dropped his service game once in the fourth set, which Dimitrov sealed in the tie break.
The last time an Australian won the country's Grand Slam event was in 1976, when Mark Edmondson clinched the title.
The reigning champion of the ATP Finals, Dimitrov is set to take on Britain's Kyle Edmund, who booked a place in the last-8 round in a Grand Slam for the first time, defeating Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.
New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said some "people" tried to sabotage "demonetisation" but the exercise was seen through successfully because the nation stood behind the decision.
In an interview given to TV channel Times Now, Modi, without referring to anyone specifically, said "they" tried to derail the demonetisation exercise through various means to "save corrupt people".
"People tried to start a fire, they even attempted to incite riots, they knocked on Supreme Court's door, they tried everything possible. These attempts were to save those who were hoarding black money, to save corrupt people, to save the dishonest," he said.
He said demonetisation was not just a change of currency and the way it was carried out got the world's respect.
"Several small countries of world tried to carry out demonetisation in their lands but retreated. It is India's great success that this was not just a change of one currency with another, but the way country's federal structure, it's governance, it's common man, RBI's role... is enough to get it respect of the world," he said.