Channel 7 commentator Jim Courier threw Kyrgios under the bus when he revealed that the young Aussie had previously said he'd like Smith to play him in a movie.
"To get a win against him is a dream come true", added Kyrgios, who will face ATP Finals victor Grigor Dimitrov next. "I had a couple bananas, started to feel better, got a bit of a second wind". "He's a player that last year had an wonderful year and this year he's again started playing very well".
Kyrgios said he had felt particularly tense because the Hollywood star Will Smith was watching from the sidelines.
When the draw came out I picked Kyrgios to make the final.
Kyrgios said afterwards that seeing Smith watch him made him "so nervous" - as if he wasn't enough already against Tsonga, his childhood idol.
There was certainly a lot of anticipation heading to this one, with both me being incredibly entertaining when playing well, and that more than proved to be the case, with Kyrgios eventually prevailing 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) in what was three hours and 17 minutes of fantastic tennis, securing the Australian's seventh consecutive win.
Tsonga was then issued with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Still, the Frenchman lost in four sets, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.
Smith and Kyrgios. Image Getty
There was plenty of chuntering from Kyrgios but apart from "freaking out" after a late lapse when he dropped serve at 5-4 in the third, he stuck diligently to his task. He will next play No. 24 Diego Schwartzman, who beat Aleksandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
Kyrgios will start as the favorite in this match because he will have more gas in the tank than the 32-year-old Tsonga. The Frenchman had needed five sets to get past Denis Shapovalov in the previous round but showed no sign of fatigue as he broke for 3-2, serving beautifully and producing some soft touches at the net.
With all of those distractions, you could have forgiven Kyrgios for losing his cool, but he soldiered on for a fine victory.
"If I don't play my best I probably won't win". "Fucking so fucked up, so dumb, so, so dumb".
Smith was noticed by fans on the big screen during the third set, leading some to sing 'Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do?' at the four-time Grammy Award victor - a nod to the song used in the actor's popular film series Bad Boys. A brilliant backhand pass down the line gave Kyrgios the mini-break in the tiebreak for a 4-2 lead but a mishit forehand handed the break back for 4-4.
A year after the 22-year-old was jeered by home fans after surrendering a two-set lead against Italian Andreas Seppi to crash out in the second round, he produced more evidence that a run deep into the second week is possible.