Andy Murray braced for Nick Kyrgios 'fireworks' at French Open

By Piers NewberyBBC Sport at Roland Garros
Andy Murray practises at the French Open
Murray reached the semi-finals of the French Open last year, losing to Rafael Nadal in straight sets

Andy Murray takes on Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios for a place in round four of the French Open on Saturday.

The Briton, seeded third, will face the 20-year-old 29th seed on Court Suzanne Lenglen at 10:00 BST.

Murray, 28, has a 2-0 record against Kyrgios, including victory in January's Australian Open quarter-final.

The winner will play Belgian David Goffin or France's Jeremy Chardy in the last 16.

Top seed Novak Djokovic takes on another Australian talent, 19-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis, while nine-time champion Rafael Nadal plays Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

In the women's draw, two-time champion and top seed Serena Williams faces former number one Victoria Azarenka.

Murray was handed a tough third-round draw in Kyrgios, who beat Roger Federer in Madrid earlier this month, having made his breakthrough by upsetting Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year.

On Thursday, Murray posted on Twitter that there "could be fireworks" external-linkagainst someone he has beaten twice on court, and against whom he has a long-standing video-game rivalry.

Nick Kyrgios
Kyrgios has not played in the singles draw since overcoming Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-3 6-4 6-3 in the opening round

"I like him," Murray told BBC Sport. "I like his game. He's a tough opponent who loves playing on the big stages, so it's certainly not going to be an easy match.

"I expect it to be a tough battle but I'll come up with the best game plan that I can and hopefully I can put in a good performance."

Kyrgios has not played since Monday after receiving a walkover in round two, when Briton Kyle Edmund pulled out with an abdominal injury, but the Australian has kept busy.

"I set up two training sessions as if I was playing a match," he told SBS. external-link

"I played a practice set in the second session. I went relatively really hard in the second session with my legs.

"It is what it is."

Kyrgios, who needed six weeks off to recover from a back injury following his defeat by Murray in Melbourne, is not lacking in confidence ahead of Saturday's rematch.

"I definitely I think I can win," he said.

"I've got the game. I'm feeling a lot fitter than I was as well. So if I play the right game style, I definitely think I can (win)."

Andy Murray leaves a practice session in the French Open
Andy Murray makes his way back to the locker room from a training session at Roland Garros