Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios on winners list as he heads to US Open
A code violation for hitting a ball into the stands was not enough to derail the new version of Nick Kyrgios who continued his march to the US Open with a first-round win at the Cincinnati Masters.
Fellow Aussie Alex de Minaur was also victorious, but Kyrgios’ doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis lost an epic encounter, although he will have to drag on after a win with his playing partner as their doubles combination continues to go down. prosper.
Kyrgios sent a ball flying into the stands in frustration early in the second set of their victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, but was spared from faltering and kept his composure to win 7-5, 6-4 in a convincing style.
Stating that he felt a bit “burnt out” after a busy schedule of play in recent weeks that included a tournament win in Washington and then a trip to Montreal last week, Kyrgios was happy to record another win by heading to Flushing Meadow.
“He’s so talented, he has so many shots at his disposal that I knew I just had to serve well and dictate as much as possible. His backhand is amazing, so it was a tricky match,” Kyrgios said.
“Physically, I didn’t feel the best, I felt a bit exhausted. But mentally, he played the big points well.
“It’s not easy here, so I’m happy with that.”
The Wimbledon runner-up will next face American big hitter Taylor Fritz in pursuit of a 17th win in 19 matches as he continues his preparation for the US Open from less than two weeks away.
De Minaur also advanced in straight sets, knocking out Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen 6-2, 6-2 in 67 minutes.
Kokkinakis wasn’t so lucky, however, losing a three-hour, 15-minute cliffhanger to Italian world number 12 Jannik Sinner, losing 6-7 (11-9), 6-4, 7-6 (8-6 ).