Nick Kyrgios is enjoying in one of his best tournaments in career so far, reaching his first Masters 1000 semi-final after 6-4 7-6 victory against Milos Raonic last night. It was a tight match but Nick showed great determination and better nerves in the most important points, also saving all 5 break points he faced.
After the match he was pleased with the way he played but he is now fully focused on his next rival, Kei Nishikori: "Yeah, I mean, he's been playing some great tennis. I think he's improved a lot over the last couple months, especially -- I've been watching him and I feel like he's trying to do more things from the back of the court and really give the ball a big rip.
I knew I had to come out and serve well. Didn't really serve my greatest today at all. Last couple matches I've struggled on serve. Yeah, really learned how to return this year and I'm returning really good and I'm moving well.
I am giving myself more opportunities. I thought I competed very well today. Yeah, felt okay, I guess. You know, for me it's just another tennis match. I'm going to go out there tomorrow and try and enjoy myself and try and get the win.
Yeah, it was great to start with a break. I mean, that just gives me more confidence on my return games. That definitely set the tone early in the match. That obviously helped me win the first set obviously with that break in hand.
I feel as if I'm returning a lot better. That's the major thing this year. I am giving myself so many more chances and getting myself into so many more opportunities to take over matches. About Milos, he's got one of the greatest serves in the world.
Even if you know where he's going, he's serving over 200 every single time, so not an easy task. Even if he tells you where he's going before serves it's going to be easy to return it. Doesn't really matter where he's going, it's going to be tough.
I can say he's making major improvements from the back. He's moving better, hitting the ball better. He's just becoming a better player." He said that winning his first ATP title in Marseilles gave him a lot of composure: "Yeah.
You know, I knew that I was capable of making runs in these events before Marseilles, but I've been playing a lot better. I'm consistently backing up. I feel as if I'm a lot fitter, stronger, and I just got more experience now.
Last couple years on tour have been a bit of a rollercoaster, but I've learned a lot." Just like with Milos, Nick praised Kei and his game: "Yeah, obviously Kei is one of the greatest players in the world at the moment.
He has an unbelievable return of serve, moves unbelievably fast, hits big from the baseline, doesn't have many weaknesses. When I played him in Shanghai I didn't really do too much wrong. I played a great match the whole time and he just played a really well in the big moments.
I definitely had chances. I know what my game plan is going to be. It's going to be a tough match, but I'm looking forward to it. He's a great guy." Nick admitted that he didn't changed much since he was junior, and also that he will keep improving after breaking into Top 20: "Not really.
I haven't changed ever since I've been on tour, really. Since I was a junior I was showing a lot of emotion. Knew I could do well. I've just put in a lot of hard work and it's paying off. It's pretty cool to make Top 20, I'm happy with that, but there are nine, ten guys in front of me, so...
If anything, I'm not taking it as seriously. I think just at the end of the day it's just tennis. I'm just going out there and trying to play." In the end, he was asked to comment struggles that Roger and Rafa is having, and does he see that as a chance for his breakthrough: "Yeah, definitely.
I wouldn't say Roger is struggling. He's going to be great for however long he chooses to play. He's going to be tough no matter if he's -- I think he could play until 40. He's going to be a great player. Obviously Rafa is still one the greatest competitors.
I wouldn't say those guys are struggling. There are opportunities everywhere. There are guys like Dominic Thiem making runs; Goffin, guys like this. There are so good players out there trying to breakthrough. It's not easy.
There are a lot of guys out there doing great things." ALSO READ: ATP MIAMI: Nishikori saves 5 match points against Monfils, Kyrgios is the first Aussie to reach semi-final since..