Nick Kyrgios is set for big French Open: Lleyton Hewitt


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Nick Kyrgios is set for big French Open: Lleyton Hewitt

Former World No.1 and Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt feels that Nick Kyrgios can go deep at the French Open this year. Kyrgios is set to launch his 017 claycourt campaign as top seed at the Millennium Open in Estoril, Portugal and Hewitt feels Kyrgios’ transformation from hard to clay will be a smooth one.

“He can do well, especially with where his ranking's at the moment. He's going to be a nice seeding going into the French,” Hewitt said. “You've always got to be wary of dangerous floaters at the French Open because there's so many good claycourters, especially from Europe.” “So in some of those early rounds, he's got to be wary and pay that respect to those opponents.

But he could easily get through to the fourth round and the draw opens up and all of a sudden you're deep into the second week.” Hewitt believes Kyrgios's chief weapon will be key to the world No.16 making a deep run in Paris. “He's got so much firepower that if he's serving well he's still able to serve through a slow clay court and get a lot of cheap points,” Hewitt said.

“And then he can go out and actually be quite aggressive on his return game and put pressure on his opponents. And for a big guy; six foot four, he moves bloody well ... I'm very comfortable with him on that surface.” ALSO READ Serena Williams: I ACCIDENTALLY ANNOUNCED MY PREGNANCY