"Nick Kyrgios is the most talented player in the last 5-10 years". These were the words of John McEnroe, who talked about the young Australian talent. And Kyrgios is certainly one of the most anticipated players at the 2018 Australian Open, where, in front of the home crowd, he will try to stop Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and others.
Playing in front of the home crowd is never easy, especially when the victory of an Australian tennis player in Melbourne has been missing for many years. But Kyrgios arrives at the first Major of the season on a positive note after winning the singles title in Brisbane, against Ryan Harrison (in the semi-final he defeated Grigor Dimitrov in three sets).
And this is a very encouraging signal for him. His 2017 had been full of ups and downs. He reached the final in Cincinnati, but in the most important tournaments he was disappointing. But in general, his attitude on the court seemed different.
More mature than in the past. It is definitely a different attitude, compared to that of his countryman Bernard Tomic. The victory in Brisbane could only be the starter, in what will be the season of truth for Kyrgios.
A watershed moment for his career, perhaps as many expect him to take the leap of quality. There is no doubting his game on the court. But, Kyrgios will have to work hard on the mental aspect of his character. He also seems much more interested in his profession than in the past, and this is also an encouraging sign of maturity.
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