The Wimbledon final, victory in Washington, Daniil Medvedev's hair in Montreal. Nick Kyrgios, inexcusable delay aside, has finally shed the annoying bad boy label attached to his back to finally break the wall of abnormality.
The talented Australian, called to come back from a set and overcome poor physical condition, won a tough match against the world number one with only guts and talent. A 6-7(2) 6-4 6-2 that certifies all the good work done by the Australian tennis player in recent months, who is getting closer to playing the role of favorite in the tournament.
The problems continued for the Russian, who completely lost control of the game in the final phase of the third. The serve completely governs the balance of the challenge. At least until Kyrgios 5-4. The Australian tennis player, who wasted three opportunities to take the lead, paid for a rather questionable pick near the net in the first part of the tie break and was carried away by a forehand volley when the situation was already compromised with the Russian 3-1.
Medvedev, who handles the situation perfectly, reinforces his advantage without particular difficulty and closes the first useful set point. Kyrgios was not deterred by the circumstances. On the contrary. At the beginning of the second, in the same opening game, he condensed the vast majority of the attention and with three practically perfect returns, he rallied the first break of the match.
Despite less than excellent physical condition, the talented Aussie - who makes a much-needed presence on the return and relies almost obsessively on the serve-return scheme to shorten the number of long exchanges - comes in at 5-4 and does not miss the date with the tie.
Kyrgios relies less on power and more on accuracy. A paradox. The talented Aussie, who canceled two very dangerous break points in the fourth game, like lightning desperately regained strength from him in the next game.
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In his press conference following his round of 32 win, World No.
37 Nick Kyrgios said that he's never short on confidence in big matches. "You guys are acting like I haven't beaten world No. 1s before or something. Like, I've done it before. I've beaten Medvedev before. I've beaten Roger, Novak, Rafa.
Like I feel like my confidence, and my belief in myself is never short. I could lose five matches in a row, and I still believe I have a chance to beat anyone," Kyrgios said. The Australian said that serving and volleying was key to disrupting the momentum of the top seed, adding that he also returned well.
"It was a tough match. I didn't go out there thinking that he was World No. 1," said Kyrgios. 'We played each other three times. He's beaten me once, I've beaten him twice. I knew he was feeling confident so I had to come out there with a game style that wasn't going to give him too much rhythm. I served and volleyed pretty much every point."