In the press conference at the Atlanta Open after beating the South Korean Hyeon Chung in three sets, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6(5), the American Ryan Harrison spoke about his relationship with the Australian Nick Kyrgios. 'Contrary to popular belief we're actually decent friends,' Harrison said.
'I like Nick a lot. We get along really well. It's funny how the media always kind of spins it like we don't like each other; we always laugh about it because we actually do.' Harrison also commented on his win over Chung: 'This is exactly what the doctor ordered for me.
It was a little nervy from both of us there at the end, but I’m really happy to get through.' John Isner got a three-set win as well defeating the German Mischa Zverev 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. 'I am definitely playing better than I was at the beginning of the year.
I was struggling a little bit', Isner recognized after the match. To his credit, he played much better than me that day in Australia. He had the home crowd on his side. It helps a lot. Now, I’m playing in my backyard and he beat me in his backyard.
[We'll] see if I can turn the tide.' Kyrgios leads their head-to-head meetings 3-0 against Harrison, the Australian prevailed in 2018 Brisbane, 2017 Madrid and 2016 Tokyo. Kyrgios retired during the second set in Atlanta against Cameron Norrie.