Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has made it clear that his intention is to leave Melbourne Park with a career-best result achieved at the Australian Open. The No. 17 seed demolished Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1 6-2 6-4 to open his campaign on a strong tale and reach the second-round.
Brisbane International champion Kyrgios claimed post-match that he has yet to reach the level on which he was in Brisbane -- but is still hoping to improve his 2015 quarter-final showing. “I’m just excited to be back in Melbourne.
A couple of years ago on this court I made a quarterfinal, so I’m just trying to emulate that and go a bit further,’’ Kyrgios said post-match. “Hopefully I can continue to improve and find my feet out here.’’ Kyrgios' girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic was there to ensure that the 22-year-old enters the court in a good mood.
“Had my girlfriend’s company in the room, so it’s been all right,’’ Kyrgios revealed. “It’s just good to have her back on tour.’’ Kyrgios is now set to meet 31-year-old Viktor Troicki in round two -- who edged local wildcard Alex Bolt in a five-setter to progress at the event.
Kyrgios is cautious though he destroyed Troicki at last year's Rogers Cup in Montreal 6-1 6-2. "I know what he's going to bring. He's a tough competitor. He plays well in Grand Slams. I'm not going to think about it too much,'' Kyrgios said of Troicki.
"He's got a good serve. He has a great backhand. He's a journeyman. He's been on the tour for a long time. Won a lot of matches. In the Grand Slams, he's made the fourth round a lot of times.'' Also read: John Newcombe thinks Nick Kyrgios could be ready to do some real damage