Nick Kyrgios has waltzed into the third round of the French Open with a trouble-free and controversy-free humbling of Dutch lucky loser Igor Sijsling, but wildcard Jordan Thompson suffered a heartbreaking exit.
After courting controversy in his opening win on Sunday, Kyrgios kept his nose clean in dismantling the world No.123 6-3 6-2 6-1 against a hopelessly outclassed Sijsling on Wednesday.
Kyrgios finished the thrashing with a ripping backhand – one of his 35 winners, compared to 13 unforced errors.
He also won five breaks of serve and closed out the match in 70 minutes – faster even than Rafael Nadal’s 80-minute demolition of Australian Sam Groth on Tuesday.
The 17th seed will next face either French nemesis Richard Gasquet or American Bjorn Fratangelo, who are currently on court.
Thompson, meanwhile, was outlasted in a five-set epic by the 37-year-old 27th seed Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 12-10 in 4 hours and 31 minutes.
He was seeking to become just the second Australian wildcard to reach the French Open third round, following in the footsteps of Thanasi Kokkinakis last year.
But he fell in cruel fashion, as Karlovic sent down a tournament-high 41 aces.
Thompson incredibly saved triple break point in the 15th game of the fifth set to hold serve – where a break would’ve allowed Karlovic to serve for the match.
It proved to no avail, however, as Karlovic eventually broke him with a deep backhand winner in the 21st set and all Thompson could do was stare at the sky before Karlovic sent down three aces to serve out the match.
Samantha Stosur, currently on court against her Chinese doubles partner Shuai Zhang, could join Kyrgios in the third round.
Bernard Tomic plays on Thursday (Thursday night AEST).