Injured Kyrgios battles through
Nick Kyrgios has sealed his place in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International despite struggling with a knee injury.
The 22-year-old required strapping to his knee in the early stages of his encounter with Matthew Ebden but battled on to seal a last-eight place in Brisbane.
Kyrgios struggled to get around the court but he proved his quality to pull off a three-set 6-7 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory against his compatriot.
The world number 21, who will face Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next round, revealed he has been struggling with the injury for a few days but insists he will be fine to continue his preparations ahead of the Australian Open later this month.
Kyrgios said: "I had been feeling pretty good coming into the tournament, then a couple of days out I was playing some points with Lleyton and kind of felt my knee a bit.
"I have been kind of nursing it the last day or two but I didn't really know what it was.
"It had a bit of fluid in there leading up to the singles but it doesn't really hurt me when I move, only when I am straightening my leg.
"I am sure I will be fine."
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