Nick Kyrgios: 'I always knew I'd come through'

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Nick Kyrgios: 'I always knew I'd come through'

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios is happy to have found the way to regroup and beat a tricky Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 1-6 6-3 6-4 to reach the Brisbane International quarter-finals.

The Australian looked out of rhythm and energy during the first set -- but left it all behind him after falling a set down to the Ukrainian. 

"I don’t know what was going on (in the first set) — I was a bit tired," Kyrgios said.

"I was happy I found some energy and picked it up. The crowd helped me.

“He's a nightmare. He has a very unorthodox game and I don’t match up well against him. You have to steady the ship when things aren’t going your way."

Kyrgios, who has had his left knee strapped in his two Brisbane matches, is eager to keep pushing through the injury. 

"Hopefully (the knee) will get better with each match I play through to the Australian Open and the Davis Cup (in Brisbane on February 2-4 against Germany," he added. 

The things certainly looked bad for Kyrgios early on in the matches -- but he knew that wouldn't be the case the whole clash. 

"That's just me, very unpredictable. If a boxer puts his gloves down in the boxing ring, I wouldn’t really call it tanking," Kyrgios claimed.

"It's just a strategy and it worked again today. I always knew I'd come through.

"As bad as it is to say, I can kind of turn it on like a tap.

"The only positive about losing the first set is I'm putting myself in pressure situations and getting some court time."

Kyrgios hasn't been in touch lately with fellow compatriot Bernard Tomic -- who has yet to play a match and reveal his intentions. 

"I don’t know Bernard's situation at the moment. I don’t speak with him a lot really," Kyrgios revealed.

"It was strange not seeing him play any of these events. This is what we play tennis for - to play in our backyard. I really don’t know but it’s good to see new faces."

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