Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios was confident that he would hit a big second serve when facing a match point against American Denis Kudla in the Cincinnati Masters first round. The 23-year-old edged out qualifier Kudla 6-7 (2) 7-5 7-6 (9) after 39 aces hit and one hour and 58 minutes of play.
Kyrgios blew his four match points in the third set tie-break before Kudla clinched his first match point at 8-7 in his favor. Big-serving Kyrgios missed the first serve but then hit a monstrous 134 mph ace on the second serve to save the match point.
The 15th-seeded Australian also blew one more match point before he converted his sixth match point to seal the win. Kyrgios is considered to be one of the best servers on the Tour. The 23-year-old is well-known for risking a lot on his second serve as in most cases he will try to hit an ace or a service winer.
"I don't feel as if I can miss that serve again, so I just go for it. And it came off today, but obviously some days it's not going to work. But on days like today, obviously it got me the win," Kyrgios said of his second-serve ace on match point.
The 23-year-old Australian is due to clash next against Croatian rising star Borna Coric -- who beat fellow rising Russian star Daniil Medvedev in the first round. Also read: German tennis boss: Proposed Davis Cup revamp will the competition