Rising Australian star Alexei Popyrin insists grinding and leaving it all out is one of the main reasons why he loves the game as he is also happy to show people what he can do on a tennis court. The 20-year-old came from a set and a break down to beat Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6 7-5 6-3 6-2 in the US Open second round.
The turning point of the match was the Australian's seven-game run which saw him overturn a 5-3 second set deficit and take a 2-6 7-5 3-0 lead. "I’ve always had the fight in me since I was a kid, ever since I started playing tennis,” Popyrin said post-match, per the AAP.
“I love playing tennis and I love the fight. That’s one of the main reasons why I love the sport. You’re by yourself, you’re on the court by yourself, you’ve got a team behind you but it’s you on the court and only you.
“You’ve got to find a way to win and that’s interesting to me and I really enjoy doing that. It’s good to finally like show people what I can do”. Popyrin, ranked at No. 105 in the world, will be aiming to reach the round-of-16 at a Grand Slam for the for the first time when he meets 25th-ranked Matteo Berrettini in his next match.