Nick Kyrgios opens on how he feels about Andrey Rublev ahead of Miami clash

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Nick Kyrgios opens on how he feels about Andrey Rublev ahead of Miami clash

World No. 74 Nick Kyrgios didn't allow Adrian Mannarino a single break point during their Miami Masters first round clash and that helped a lot since the Australian earned a 7-6 (3) 6-3 win over the Frenchman. Kyrgios missed out on the lone break point of the first set in the seventh game but dominated the tie-break to win a tight opener.

After winning the first set, Kyrgios earned the first break of the match in the eighth game and served out for the match in the ninth game. "That first-serve percentage was key tonight," Kyrgios said post-match, per the ATP website.

"If I miss my first serve, he's going to be on the front foot from the early jump, and I couldn't afford to do that tonight against such a tricky opponent."

Kyrgios plays Andrey Rublev next

Kyrgios overcame a tricky Miami opener and next up for him is going to be world No.

6 Rublev. "The conditions tonight just did not help me at all," Kyrgios added. "I felt like I wasn't able to get him out of his comfort zone from the ground... I thought I returned extremely well." Kyrgios and Rublev will be meeting for the third time in their respective careers when they meet in Miami.

"I grew up with him, I've seen him play. He's a hell of a player," Kyrgios said of Rublev. "Obviously we all know what he's capable of and I'm going into that match as a complete underdog. "But I feel confident.

If I'm serving well and playing well form the back I can beat anyone, and everyone knows that. I'm excited." Kyrgios and Rublev first met in Moscow in 2018. Back then, Kyrgios earned a three-set win over Rublev. The two met again the following year as Rublev handed Kyrgios a straight-set defeat at the US Open.