Sharing the court for the first time together, Nick Kyrgios and Amanda Anisimova made a winning start of the Australian Open mixed doubles event, beating David Vega Hernandez and Monique Adamczak 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 13 minutes.
Nick and Amanda had some practice runs in the last season and they decided to compete together in Melbourne, looking dangerous for all the opponents in the draw if they both bring their best tennis. Amanda suffered an early loss in singles while Nick still runs strong, beating two rivals to set the third-round clash with Karen Khachanov on Saturday and using this match as excellent preparation for his singles duties.
Both pairs delivered great serves in the opening four games to stay locked at 2-2 before Vega Hernandez fended off two break chances in the fifth game, the first after a volley winner from Adamczak and the second with a service winner that Kyrgios failed to control.
Nick held at 15 in the next game thanks to an ace and broke David's serve to move his team 5-4 in front. Serving for the set in the next game, Kyrgios lost a point at the net against Adamczak and the Spanish-Aussie duo broke back to level the score at 5-5 and bring more drama and excitement.
Monique got broken in the next game when the Spaniard placed an easy volley wide, with Anisimova and Kyrgios hitting four winners in the 12th game to take the opener 7-5 in 43 minutes. Carried by this momentum, Amanda and Nick lost only five points on serve in the second set, breaking Monique again in the third game following a backhand winner from Kyrgios and confirming the advantage when Amanda hit a service winner in the next game for a hold at love.
Serving at 4-3, the young American fended off two break chances, one with a service winner and the other thanks to a volley winner from Nick at the net, moving 5-3 up and sealing the deal with four winners on Kyrgios' serve in the tenth game to advance into the second round.