It is a Nick Kyrgios much more centered and solid than the norm the one seen on Field 3 at Wimbledon against the blue Gianluca Mager. The Australian, in his third tournament of the year and first outside Australia, made only 11 unforced errors in three sets, threw 30 aces and won 7-6 (7) 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round in the tournament where he presented himself on the big stages seven years ago.
A great performance by Mager was not enough, capable of hitting 58 winning strokes (compared to 28 errors). Unfortunately, there were a few too many smudges at the end of the first two sets and Kyrgios never allowed him to get to the break point.
The limited number of errors is also due to the fact that he never gave up games in response (something for which he has often been criticized in the past). He has always accepted the trade, playing wisely even with the dropshot.
Mager can be satisfied with how he played the first set (final tiebreak excluded). First of all, the statistics show it: he has scored 29 winners against only 15 unforced errors. Furthermore, he reacted in the best way to all the uncomfortable situations in which Kyrgios tried to put him.
The first came at 3-2 for Nick, who with a great short ball went to the break point, inciting the enthusiastic crowd present on Field 3 of the All England Club. saved the next break point. Unlike Mager, who is always quite orderly on the pitch, Kyrgios would not miss an opportunity to make controversy.
Despite this, he still managed not to lose the compass. He seemed willing to sacrifice the show to win this game. Kyrgios, who has had many epic battles with the Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, has polarized opinion in the tennis community.
The Wimbledon courts have slowed down over the past few years
Nick Kyrgios has a blazing serve, powerful groundstrokes and decent touch, attributes that yield rich rewards on the grasscourts at Wimbledon. Unsurprisingly, some of his best Grand Slam results have come at the All England Club, where he has made it to the the second week thrice.
"I don't want to be misunderstood," said Kyrgios. "I'm going to make it clear that these are some of the best courts in the world, but I think all tennis players agree that they have slowed down a lot in recent years.
The grass should be a surface that reward the players. Offensive players, good serve players, direct shots and cut shots, like Roger Federer, for example. Now it's very different, you serve incredible, and they make very good returns.
This is something that responds to commercial interests; it is more attractive to see long rallies in the television, but we are giving up the roots of tennis," Kyrgios lamented.