WINNER: Jordan Thompson reacts during his match against Feliciano Lopez.
WINNER: Jordan Thompson reacts during his match against Feliciano Lopez. WILLIAM Westaap Images

Jordan has lots to shout about

WHILE all the attention has been on ailing Aussie young gun Nick Kyrgios and the enigmatic countryman Bernard Tomic, another home-grown talent, 20-year-old Jordan Thompson, has been making waves with some eye-catching performances at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.

Beaten by Poland's Jersey Janowicz in the first round of the Sydney International, Kyrgios has been having extensive treatment on his back amid concerns he may miss the Australian Open.

But it's been a far different story for Thompson, who sits just inside the world's top 300, but is playing well above his ranking.

A winner of the wildcard tournament in Melbourne last month to secure a place in the Open, he backed up a third-set tie-break loss to Japan's world No.5 Kei Nishikori on Wednesday with an upset 7-6 6-3 victory over Spain's world No.14, Feliciano Lopez, yesterday.

"I played really well today," the Sydneysider said. "He didn't play his best, but I will definitely take that."

Meanwhile, Juan Martin del Potro's bold bid to defend his Sydney International tournament in his comeback from a wrist injury ended at the hands of 27-year-old Mikhail Kukushkin, the Kazakhstani booking a semi-final berth with a 7-6 7-6 victory.



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