Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios enjoyed returning to the court for the first time since February 2020. Kyrgios, ranked at No. 47 in the world, recovered from a set down to avoid a shock loss to Alexandre Muller at the Murray River Open in Melbourne.
World No. 209 Muller competed extremely well against Kyrgios but it was the Australian that escaped with a 3-6 6-4 7-6 (4) win. "It was actually a lot of fun. It was fun to be out there again and obviously good to win,” Kyrgios said after the match, per Tennis Australia.
“When I lost the first set I never really panicked. I was actually just still finding my feet, honestly. I actually thought I was serving reasonably well. I wasn’t serving anywhere near my best. I wasn’t playing anywhere near my best.
But I thought my attitude was okay”.
Kyrgios plays next against Harry Bourchier
Australian tennis star Kyrgios plays next against fellow compatriot Bourchier, who beat Marc Polmans in his opener at the tournament. "We’re basically brothers,” Kyrgios said.
“He’s a good player, big serve, and we know each other back to front. “I’m just relieved it’s not someone that I don’t know again. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m just going to go out there, have a bit of fun”.
Kyrgios wasn't the only Australian to claim a win at the Murray River Open on Tuesday as Alexei Popyrin edged out Borna Gojo 6-7 (8) 7-6 (2) 7-6 (7). “I think we both played a high level of tennis,” Popyrin said after the win.
“We both served, I think, unbelievably. When you get a guy like him serving 220 (km/h) and 75 per cent first serves in, it’s kind of hard to get breaks, to get opportunities on return. So I was just trying to focus on my serve, trying to focus on getting the ball in play on my return, and hopefully getting opportunities”.