Nick Kyrgios may have switched partners, but he tasted the same success to extend his winning streak Monday at the Citi Open. The Australian captured his second tour-level doubles title of the season with compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in Atlanta at the weekend, but showed little sign of tiring in his first match in Washington, teaming with American Jack Sock to reach the second round.
The unseeded tandem fired nine aces and broke three times to defeat third seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes. Joining forces for the second time this season, Kyrgios and Sock are aiming for their second tour-level title as a team at the ATP 500 event, having won the crown in Lyon in 2018.
They will then play either Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin or Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares. Mackenzie McDonald and Botic van de Zandschulp also advanced on opening day in Washington, beating Ilya Ivashka and Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-7, 10-8.
The American-Dutch tandem will next play top seeds Rajeev Ram and Horacio Zeballos or Alex de Minaur and Frances Tiafoe. Blumberg/Kecmanovic March In Los Cabos William Blumberg and Miomir Kecmanovic earned a debut victory as a team on Monday at the Abierto de Tenis Mifel in Los Cabos, defeating Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
The American-Serbian duo recovered from a 4/6 Match Tie-break to book their place in the second round after 72 minutes. Blumberg is aiming to lift his second tour-level trophy of the year this week, after triumphing with Steve Johnson in Newport last month.
Nick Kyrgios reflects on his ranking
Nick Kyrgios is a better player than his world ranking of No. 63 would suggest. Stating that his ranking never reflected the level of his game, Nick Kyrgios also said that he seldom plays a full schedule, which adversely affects his ranking.
"It's (the ranking's) not really an accolade or anything," said Nick Kyrgios. ... My ranking has never sort of reflected my game. That's also due to the schedule I play. I have never really played a full schedule.
Towards the end of the year, it's just too much travel for me," said Nick Kyrgios. "It's not something I'm willing to explore either. I don't want to give that time at home up and time with my family and girlfriend.
We need that time at home. I'm not worried about my ranking. It would help in certain things."