Nick Kyrgios: 'That can cloud your ability to...'

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by Simone Brugnoli
Nick Kyrgios: 'That can cloud your ability to...'

Everyone was surprised by the final result, including a friend of his from the circuit. Tommy Paul pulled off the grand feat of beating No. 2 seed in the main draw, Carlos Alcaraz, in the second round of the Montreal Masters 1000, gifting himself one of two cover images of the day.

The second was undoubtedly Nick Kyrgios, who defeated the number one seed in the ATP ranking, Daniil Medvedev, completing the task of eliminating the two main favorites to win the tournament. At the end of the resounding success of the American, who knew how to overcome the tie-break disadvantage and break the confidence of the Iberian in the very delicate third set, the Australian left a surprising message on Twitter just for him: "Paul, bro WTF" the few words which the Canberra native expressed to comment on the surprise of the second round, even before taking the court for his match against the Russian.

Paul could hardly believe his eyes at the end of the match of the incredible feat: "It's nice to finish the match at the net. He made a good passing on the last point and I covered the trajectory well, finishing very well with the volley", was the explanation of the American to the microphones of the ATP tour about the fifth match point that he took advantage of and that gave him the qualification for the round of 16.

"I think I did a lot of things well. I played a good level of tennis, especially in the third set, so I'm glad I got it," he continued in the interview. "I felt like I could get him into trouble in his turns of service. Especially in the second set I had the feeling that I could break it.

I didn't expect to get two breaks and serve for the set, I felt like I was playing comfortable tennis overall. I focused on the game plan and it went well," he stressed.

Kyrgios is on fire

Nick Kyrgios stated that he’s taken a lot of confidence in his performances this season and that his form is probably playing on his opponents’ minds before they play him.

“Yeah, I think [I have some edge on my opponents], you look at someone like Serena [Williams] or Roger [Federer], before opponents take the court, they may not sleep that well at night. It's more the aura or their results or their accolades that you're trying to versus rather than them,” he said.

“Now when people versus me, ‘he's on a massive winning streak, he must be playing well, done this, done that.’ That can cloud your ability to just go out there and perform. I think some of the opponents I faced may have been feeling that a little bit over the last couple weeks,” he added.

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