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Nick Kyrgios through to third round with powerful win over Pablo Cuevas

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts in his second round match against Pabio Cuevas of Uruguay d © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts in his second round match against Pabio Cuevas of Uruguay d

Nick Kyrgios has overcome a wardrobe malfunction and serving arm soreness to safely progress to the Australian Open third round in Melbourne.

The colourful youngster swept aside Uruguayan claycourt specialist Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) in one hour and 58 minutes on Wednesday night despite engaging in a running battle with his own entourage over a problematic pair of shorts.

The pockets were seemingly not deep enough to contain balls, leaving Kyrgios needing to fetch one from a ballboy between first and second serves.

He fumed at his camp for taking a set and a half to find a replacement pair before finally taking a toilet break almost an hour into the contest to change pants.

Cuevas protested at chair umpire Carlos Ramos, but to no avail as Kyrgios returned a new player to dominate the rest of the match and set up a third-round clash with Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

In reality, Cuevas was never really in the contest.

His outfit woes aside, Kyrgios was in complete control.

He bit his lip and showed true grit to save break point after copping a late overrule from Ramos in the opening set.

One break of his own, coming in the third game, was enough for Kyrgios to secure the set, clinching it with a lovely wide-angled second-serve ace.

He forced another early break in the second set, letting out a huge roar - a mix of frustration and delight - after taking command of the match.

Kyrgios peeled off three straight games after his service lapse to nab the second set and gained another break to go 2-1 up in the third.

The 29th seed required a medical timeout to have his right arm massaged and had to stave off successive set points after dropping serve for the second time and then finding himself down 4-5 and 15-40.

But after regrouping, Kyrgios closed out the match in a tiebreaker with a ferocious backhand crosscourt winner.

He finished with 19 aces, 50 winners and just 27 unforced errors.

Kyrgios and Berdych have never previously met, but the world number six - a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park for the past two years - shapes as the Australian's biggest test yet.

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