Nick Kyrgios: 'Serving 130 in these conditions is...'

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Nick Kyrgios: 'Serving 130 in these conditions is...'

The positive streak of Nick Kyrgios continues, changing surface but not performance. 2022 is proving to be a breakout year for the Australian, who is decidedly more himself than in the past and focused on his own tennis, winning a Slam in doubles and reaching the Wimbledon final.

The 27-year-old from Canberra is now competing at the ATP 500 in Washington ─ which he won in 2019 by beating Daniil Medvedev in the final ─ where he nimbly beat Marcos Girón and Tommy Paul in the first two rounds and now another American awaits : Reilly Opelka.

However, before the match against Paul, Kyrgios had a couple of peculiar episodes that, according to him, a top seed would not have experienced: "I think a top seed does not even play the first round," he began at the press conference after victory.

"Last night I played a very tough first round [against Girón, ed], and I was testing until midnight and I was hoping to play tonight. He [Paul, who was the 14th seed] goes to bed whenever he wants. He eats what he wants.

They told me to eat at the bar when there was no food. These are things I think a seeded player shouldn't have to deal with." Time and time again, Nick Kyrgios has not hesitated to publicly acknowledge and declare his qualities.

And it must be said that the results so far this season prove the Australian right, that if he had played a regular Wimbledon he would have won 1200 points and would now be in the Top-20. However, ranking has never been a problem for Nick, according to whom ranking has never really reflected his level of play: "It's not real recognition.

My ranking has never reflected my game. This is also due to my playing schedule: I've never played a full schedule."

Kyrgios reflects on saving match points

In his press conference after the win, the 27-year-old was asked about the atmosphere and how he saved match points against the home favorite.

"Yeah, look, I don't even think about it as match point or not. At the end of the day, if I lose, I lose. I'm going to shake that person's hand and say, "Too good." That's all I did. I put myself in a position to stay in the match, and I felt, my experience, he was getting the crowd up and involved early on.

I wasted a little bit of energy early," Nick Kyrgios said. "It's tough conditions out here. You lose a lot of fluids out here, and my serve towards the end kicked up to another gear. I felt like I had fresh legs at the end. Serving 130 in these conditions is pretty helpful. I'm really happy where I'm at," he added.