Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was at his best against world No. 5 Daniil Medvedev when they met at the Rome Masters on this day exactly a year ago. The flashy Australian was pulling off attractive shots and doing crazy and casual stuff throughout the whole match but he still ended up beating the Russian 6-3 3-6 6-3 in a match which highlighted first round action in Rome.
After the match, Kyrgios said: "I dictated the game by changing the pace, because I know that Medvedev hates it."
Kyrgios, ranked at No.
40 in the world, converted the first break point of the match in the fourth game and then didn't allow Medvedev a break point in the rest of the set to claim the opener. The Australian was untouchable on his serve until the eighth game of the second set, when Medvedev earned his first break points -- which he realized to force a decider.
But six-time ATP champion Kyrgios quickly bounced back from losing the second set as he started the decider a with 3-0 lead and never allowed Medvedev to get the break back.
Unfortunately for former world No.
13 Kyrgios, his campaign in Rome ended on a disappointing way as he was defaulted from his second round match against rising Norwegian star Casper Ruud.