Nick Kyrgios explodes in ugly scenes in US Open quarter-final

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Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) throwing his racquet and (pictured right) Kyrgios yelling in anger at the US Open.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) raged in the third set after dropping two break points in a tense match with Karen Khachanov at the US Open. (Images: Channel Nine)

Nick Kyrgios showed his full range of emotions during his quarter-final thriller against Karen Khachanov after throwing his racquet in anger during a tense third set.

Kyrgios entered the quarter-final in tremendous form having won 20 of his last 23 matches, but quickly found himself in the deep end after sustaining a left leg injury.

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The Aussie and Khachanov powered through the opening set at Arthur Ashe Stadium with Kyrgios barely moving during rallies.

The Aussie star could be seen telling his player's box that his knee was troubling him and that he couldn't walk properly, before the trainer proceeded to work on Kyrgios for an extended period.

Kyrgios dropped the first set, but powered back to level the match in the second after his movement returned.

In a tense third set, Kyrgios was firing up the crowd and had two break points on Khachanov's serve with the match poised nicely at 4-4.

Kyrgios lost the first break point and then sent a cross-court forehand long.

This prompted an explosion of anger from the 27-year-old as he threw his racquet into the ground.

Nick Kyrgios, pictured here in action against Karen Khachanov at the US Open.
Nick Kyrgios in action against Karen Khachanov at the US Open. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kyrgios, surprisingly, avoided a code violation for racquet abuse.

The momentum had swung and the Aussie went on to lose the set.

Despite the Australian receiving the support from the American crowd, fans were divided over Kyrgios' antics during the third set.

Many thought his antics were 'must watch TV', while others felt he had crossed the line.

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The Australian entered the match knowing a semi-final clash with Casper Ruud was waiting.

Kyrgios and Khachanov powered through the opening set at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night, with the Russian taking it 7-5 in just 35 minutes.

However, Kyrgios was barely moving during rallies as he appeared to be hampered by a lower leg injury.

The Aussie star could be seen telling his player's box that his knee was troubling him and that he couldn't walk properly, before the trainer proceeded to work on Kyrgios for an extended period.

Nick Kyrgios (pictured) yells towards his player's box in the US Open quarter-final.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) was left fuming in the third set against Karen Khachanov in their US Open match. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Early in the second set Kyrgios could be heard telling his entourage: "I don't want to f***ing play like this."

However, the Aussie was able to stave off the pain to level the match in front of a crowd willing him on.

Khachanov then took the lead after winning a blockbuster third set 6-4.

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