Nick Kyrgios will not play Taylor Fritz in the Tokyo quarterfinals. Nick felt pain in his knee during training and decided to withdraw from the singles and doubles. Nick recorded two wins to reach the round of 16 in singles, beating Chun-Hsin Tseng 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes and coming back from behind against Kamil Majchrzak.
The Australian beat the Pole 3-6 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 21 minutes, overcoming a slow start and dominating sets two and three. Nick hit 22 aces and avoided two of three break points. Kamil had a chance to go up a set and a break, but he blew it early in the second set and received four breaks to end his run in the second round.
Kyrgios conceded 43 winners and 19 unforced errors, playing well but failing to chase the title. Kamil broke Nick in game two when the Aussie hit a backhand long. The Pole held the 3-0 lead in seven minutes. Majchrzak served for the first game at 5-3 and managed to hold serve with a service winner.
Nick saved a break point in the first game of the second set and closed it out with a winner to increase the lead. The Pole avoided a break point in the second game with an ace and leveled the score at 2-2 two games later. Kyrgios served well for the rest of the set and kept the pressure on the other side.
Majchrzak got a setback in game six to go 4-2 behind. Nick got another break in game eight to close out the set and level the aggregate score in less than an hour. The Australian was untouchable after the opening blow in the final set, and the Pole had to keep up that pace to stay in the running.
Kamil was way off that pace, and Nick broke him in game two with a forehand winner down the line.
Kyrgios praises King Roger
After posting a few souvenir photos on Instagram in which he appears, younger, alongside Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios spoke at greater length about the retirement of the Swiss.
He pays a strong and touching tribute to the one he beat once in seven confrontations. “He is the best player who has ever held a racquet and the most natural player who has ever been seen. People took Federer for granted.
His way of playing, what he's done for the sport, the fans, the people, his role as a role model, his foundations, his work, I think overall he's a complete role model on and off the short, and I don't think we'll ever see someone who was able to get the crowd behind him like that. His departure is a sad day, he is the best of the best,” said the Australian.