In the middle of a splendid season, Nick Kyrgios wants to put a powerful finishing touch. The Australian reached the second round of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships on Tuesday after defeating Taiwanese Chun Hsin Tseng 6-3, 6-1 in 68 minutes of play, confirming that he has not lost an iota of intensity in his shots.
The No. 20 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings displayed unstoppable force at the Ariake Colosseum, touching down to victory without breaking a single match. Sticking to a great serve (89% guaranteed with first serve), Kyrgios set a very high pace in the Japanese capital and showed the level that he can reach looking for his second title of the season.
The champion from Washington has broken personal limits in 2022, stepping on his first Grand Slam final on the grass of the All England Club and placing himself among the eight strongest in Flushing Meadows, chaining strong results on the biggest stages of the circuit.
A reality that has spurred his spirit to seek excellence in each tournament. “After the Wimbledon final and my performance at the US Open, I feel like I can reach that level of tennis in every tournament I play,” Nick explained, unsurprised by such a strong debut in Tokyo.
"After falling in New York I took a couple of days off, but I immediately went back to the courts to work hard on my game" The scene of his first ATP 500 title in the 2016 season, Tokyo remains a special place for Kyrgios in the circuit.
In an atmosphere of great public support, the Australian wants to once again blow up his game to become a strong contender for the title. "In this tournament I always feel at home," acknowledged the player from Canberra, who faces his fourth appearance on the Tokyo courts.
Nick Kyrgios is known to attract attention
Nick Kyrgios is known to attract attention, both on and off the court. "I came out a bit slow, but I don't play many matches so it's hard to just get straight back into that competitive flow.
But as soon as I held the first game I kind of found my form again and played really well," said Kyrgios. "The court is obviously playing faster compared to normal hard court events. I'm not complaining about that, to be honest," Kyrgios continued.
"I think big servers and guys who like to take the ball early and have flat backhands, I think it suits our game style. It's fun tennis to watch, people playing aggressive and coming to the net and serving big. I think that's the type of tennis that fans like to see sometimes. The court's probably faster than average, but I like it."