Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic was derailed from the Mexico Open quarter-finals by Australian young talent Nick Kyrgios.
The top seed in the tournament Djokovic experienced straight sets 7-6 (11-9) 7-5 loss in a game which lasted 107 minutes.
The world No.2 stepped into the event for the first time since his shocking defeat in the second round of the Australian Open by unseeded wildcard player Denis Istomin in Jan.
Interestingly, Nick Kyrgios who made a fuss in his first round game by requesting a fan to “shut the f*** up” encountered the 12-time grand slam champion Djokovic for the first time in his career. With this masterclass win, the 21-year-old has now conquered all of tennis ‘big four’-others being Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.
In hope to enter his first final of the season, the world No.17 Kyrgios is pitted against unseeded American Sam Querrey in the semis, who earlier knocked out fourth-seeded defending champion Dominic Thiem 6-1 7-5.
On the other hand, two-time Mexican champion and second seed Rafael Nadal faces third seed Marin Cilic in the semi-final. Nadal, 30, defeated 21-year-old Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Consequently, the Spaniard enters the semis with a 13-0 Acapulco record. Cilic walked into the final four without moving a muscle after American Steve Johnson stepped down because of a right ankle injury.