Fifth-seeded Nick Kyrgios says he is full of confidence right now and that there was no doubt in his mind that he would clinch a comeback victory against 121st-ranked Kamil Majchrzak. On Thursday, Kyrgios got off to a slow start to his Tokyo round-of-16 match.
Down by a set, 20th-ranked Kyrgios stormed back to beat Majchrzak 3-6 6-2 6-2. "Losing the first set, there was never really a doubt in my mind that I was going to win the match. I just had to get back to doing what I do well — that's playing quick and aggressive tennis.
I've got really good confidence in my game right now, so I don't really doubt myself even when I'm down a set. I think playing Grand Slams and going far in Grand Slams has given me that confidence that even if I lose a set I'm still able to maintain and increase my level in the match," Kyrgios said after the match, per the ATP website.
How Kyrgios defeated Majchrzak
Majchrzak earned the first break of the match in the second game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. After losing the first set, Kyrgios saved a break point in the first game of the second set, before breaking Majchrzak in the sixth and eighth games to force a decider.
In the third set, Kyrgios broke Majchrzak twice to complete a three-set victory. In the Tokyo quarterfinal, Kyrgios plays either Taylor Fritz or Hiroki Moriya. Whoever Kyrgios gets to play, he expects to have a tough job. "Fritz is obviously an incredible player.
He's had a great year. He plays very aggressive, has a great serve and is very dangerous off both wings. Moriya is going be the home favorite and the Japanese crowd is going to get behind him. Either way, it's going to be a tough match," Kyrgios said. Kyrgios, the 2016 Tokyo champion, is aiming to win his second Tokyo title this year.