Australian Nick Kyrgios imposed himself 6-3 3-6 6-3 over Daniil Medvedev in the first round of the Rome Open. With 41 winners and more than one underarm service, the 26-years-old made quite an impression on the crowd and social media.
In an interview with Prime Video UK, Kyrgios didn’t skimp on assurance, “I don’t really need to play much tennis to play well. I believe in myself every time I go out there. But that doesn't matter, how many matches I’ve played.
I played my game, I played well, I usually will come in out on top”. The Australian also complimented his defeated opponent, “Today was a really tough battle, Medvedev’s been playing unbelievable tennis past year, he’s having a great year, he’s having an unbelievable future, I think he’s really good”.
When asked about the reason which prompted him to open the match with an underarm serve, Kyrgios explained, “I was joking with Tiafoe before the match. I was like: first point, I’m going to hit underarm serve; so it happened.
I won the point, and then it kind of just encouraged me to keep doing, I kept doing it. It was a lot of fun, I think it’s a good tactic against someone like him [Medvedev]. I definitely gave him rhythm today”.