2022 Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios says he is expecting "big things" from himself in the rest of the season. Kyrgios, 27, is enjoying the season of his life and this has undoubtedly been the season in which he has shown his best tennis.
After finishing runner-up at Wimbledon and reaching the US Open quarterfinal, Kyrgios returned home to spend some time with family and friends. This week, Kyrgios returned to action at the ATP 500 event in Tokyo. Following a routine 6-3 6-1 victory over Chun-Hsin Tseng, Kyrgios made it clear he is aiming to make some noise in the final stage of the year.
"I'm expecting some big things from myself for the rest of the year. I don't want to coast and wait until the Oz Open. I want to stay on the road and continue to push myself," Kyrgios said, per Eleanor Crooks.
Kyrgios speaking very differently now about the rest of his season than after the US Open: "I'm expecting some big things from myself for the rest of the year. I don't want to coast and wait until the Oz Open.
I want to stay on the road and continue to push myself." — Eleanor Crooks (@EleanorcrooksPA) October 4, 2022
Kyrgios ousted Tseng in straight sets
In his first match since the US Open, Kyrgios lost a total of four games.
Kyrgios faced a break point in the very first game of the match but was able to save it and avoid going down by an early break. After saving a break point, Kyrgios earned the first break of the match in the sixth game to open a 4-2 lead.
Kyrgios missed out on two set points in the eighth game but routinely served out for the first set in the ninth game. After losing the first set, Tseng served out the opening game of the second set. That was Tseng's last won game of the match as Kyrgios earned three breaks in a row and won six consecutive games to complete a two-set win.
"I played really solid," Kyrgios reflected. "I came out a bit slow, but I don't play many matches so it's hard to just get straight back into that competitive flow. But as soon as I held the first game I kind of found my form again and played really well."