Tennis news roundup including Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic
‘Second Service’ Tennis News: Nick Kyrgios overcomes respiratory issues in win as Djokovic set for new challenge in Astana
A look back at the big tennis news in our exclusive ‘Second Service’… Nick Kyrgios overcomes respiratory issues in victory, as Djokovic is ready for a new challenge in Astana, more more…
For starters, Nick Kyrgios admitted that he was suffering from breathing difficulties despite his comfortable first-round win at the Japan Open.
This issue has happened before this season, with Kyrgios having to pull out of a warm-up match ahead of the Australian Open after battling asthma. He also made reference to being rusty at the start of the match, having not played since his US Open quarter-final loss to Karen Khachanov.
“I came out a bit slow, but I don’t play a lot of games, so it’s hard to get straight back into that competitive stream,” Kyrgios told reporters after the game. “But as soon as I held the first game, I kind of got my form back and played really well.”
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In other tennis news, Novak Djokovic is looking forward to a difference in conditions at the Astana Open compared to his victory in Tel Aviv last week.
Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, returned to winning ways last week with victory in Israel beating Marin Cilic in the final. Now he begins his campaign at the ATP 500 in Kazakhstan against Cristian Garin of Chile and Djokovic is all too aware of the slower pace on the court this week and how it will affect his tactics.
“Tel Aviv was quick so if you serve well the ball skids down the court and you get a lot of free points,” Djokovic said in an interview with ATP Media. “Here, it’s not such a big asset. It’s hard to enter the field. You have to use the clay tactic, building the points. It will be much more physical.
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Moreover, Daniil Medvedev admitted to being ‘a bit less confident’ despite Alberto Ramos-Vinolas losing in straight sets in Kazakhstan.
Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion, beat Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-1 in just 79 minutes to safely book his place in the second round. However, the result in Kazakhstan was clearly a step in the right direction for the world number four. “The court is quite slow. Albert is a bit of a slow player [tactically], he likes to put the ball in the court. I felt that I didn’t need to force myself to play faster because it might cause me to miss,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview.
“I was a little less confident than in my best tournaments, so I knew I had to start slow and try to get some rhythm. Finally, great game. I hope to be able to raise my level in the next ones.
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