Cincinnati, OH, USA, 18 August 2017 | AP

Nick Kyrgios has been forced to wait to play for a place in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters after his clash with Ivo Karlovic was delayed by rain.

The match will resume on Friday after bad weather interrupted the third-round encounter; Karlovic leads the Australian 4-3, with games going on serve.

> Cincinnati order of play: Friday 18 August

Kyrgios looked slightly stronger in the early going, creating two break points in the fifth game but failing to convert either.

Big-serving Karlovic, ranked No.44 in the world, has hit eight aces to one.

The winner will play the victor of soon to be world No.1 Rafael Nadal’s clash with Spanish countryman Albert Ramos Vinolas.