Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios believes he probably has a slight edge over his rivals because players are surely thinking about his form before they take to the court to play him. Kyrgios has been absolutely brilliant in the last two months, having reached two grass-court semi-finals and the Wimbledon final.
After Wimbledon, Kyrgios won in Washington and continued his fine form at the Montreal Masters, where he upset top seed Daniil Medvedev in the second round. "Yes, I think [I have a certain advantage over my rivals], you look at someone like Serena [Williams] or Roger [Federer], before the rivals go out on the court, they may not sleep as well at night.
It's more either the aura or their results or their accolades are what you try to deal with instead of them. Now when people come up against me, 'he's on a great winning streak, he must be playing well, he's done this, he's done that' That can cloud your ability to get out there and play.
I think some of the opponents I've faced may have felt that a little bit in the last two weeks," Kyrgios said, according to Sportskeeda. On Wednesday, Kyrgios fired top-ranked Medvedev from Montreal. The next day, Kyrgios got rid of his compatriot Alex De Minaur 6-2 6-3.
Kyrgios and de Minaur have a good relationship and Kyrgios admitted it wasn't easy playing against his good friend and Davis Cup teammate. "Today was very hard mentally for me to go out and play against Alex," added Kyrgios.
"We are such good friends and he has had such a great career so far and has carried the Australian flag for so long."
Mitch Michals on Nick Kyrgios
Mitch Michals said the one stand-out feature in Nick Kyrgios' personality was that he was not afraid of playing his own brand of tennis.
"I mean, the one thing [Nick Kyrgios] has always had through all the ups and downs is that he is not afraid," Michals said. "He doesn't matter who you are. Big-3, Hall of Famer, World No. 1, just not afraid out there."
He went on to say that Kyrgios' winning head-to-head record against quite a few top players alone was testament to his ability. "He plays it basketball style, you know," Periera said. "He's so loose, then he goes in between the legs, hits a second service as hard as he can, but, you know, he's keeping it real, he's giving it simple.
I was looking for something here that was sent to me this morning, he has a winning record against the top players. All of them," he conitnued. "So that gets you thinking if this guy gets motivated and you know, he's going to get better seedings as he climbs the ranking. Unfortunately, he didn't get the points for Wimbledon but he would be 14, 15 in the world right now."