Tennis news 2022: Nick Kyrgios beats compatriot Alex de Minaur in straight sets
Nick Kyrgios’ stunning purple smudge continued, with the Wimbledon runner-up handily beating compatriot Alex de Minaur at the Montreal Masters on Friday morning (AEST).
The Aussie, currently ranked 37th in the ATP rankings, toppled his Davis Cup teammate in straight sets 6-2 6-3, claiming victory in just 62 minutes.
Kyrgios was at his best in the entertaining round of 16, registering 22 winners and just nine unforced errors in front of a packed stadium.
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However, he continued with a constant backchat to his players box, giving almost running commentary of his state of mind on the pitch in a display that feels second nature to him.
Minaur’s world number 21 barely gained a point in the first four games, fighting back in the second set by breaking Kyrgios twice but struggling to hold serve.
It was the first time that Kyrgios and de Minaur had met in an ATP event.
“After the big high yesterday, today was really tough mentally for me to come out and face Alex,” Kyrgios said.
“We are such good friends, he has such a great career and has been flying the Australian flag for so long. It was just tough mentally, it’s never easy to play against a friend like that, especially if it’s an Aussie, so I just got here and did the job.
“I played the way I was supposed to – he’s a hell of a player. If you play to his strengths, he’s one of the best players from the back (of the pitch) in the game and he’s so fast he’s going to have quite a career.
Kyrgios will then face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals. The pair faced off two months ago on grass, with Hurkacz the winner on that occasion.
This Montreal Masters campaign will give Kyrgios a major boost in the standings ahead of the US Open, which kicks off on Monday, August 29.
He is expected to climb 10 places in the ATP rankings and could crack the top 15 if he wins the Canadian tournament.
After winning the Citi Open title in Washington, Kyrgios came back from a set down to topple world number one Daniil Medvedev 6-7 6-4 6-2 on Thursday.
It is the second time in his career that he has beaten a world number one and he is now 3-1 against Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion.
Since landing in the United States for the American hard-court swing a few weeks ago, Kyrgios is 16-0 in both singles and doubles.
He has now won 15 of his last 16 singles matches, dating back to his run to the Wimbledon final, which he lost to 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.
“It’s rewarding to beat the world No. 1,” said Kyrgios The tennis channel after the victory over Medvedev.
“It’s a reflection of all the hard work I put in in Sydney.
“After Washington, I could easily come here and be satisfied with what I did last week, but I wanted to empty the tank these two weeks.
“Obviously my ranking isn’t where I want it to be, I’m not getting those points at Wimbledon, but I have to capitalize on that little window.”