Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios praised world No. 324 Harry Bourchier following their clash at the Murray River Open in Melbourne. Kyrgios, a six-time ATP champion, handed a straight-set defeat to Bourchier 6-2 7-6 (7) to progress into the third round at the tournament.
The two players were tied at two games apiece in the first set, before Kyrgios claimed back-to-back breaks to win the opener. In the second set, Bourchier played much better and even had three set points in the tie-break but failed to convert as Kyrgios won in two sets.
“I thought that the level he brought in the second set was very high,” Kyrgios saod after the match, as quoted on Tennis Australia. “He was serving really, really well and he started getting on to a couple of my serves”.
Kyrgios came up big in key moments
"I thought I played amazing on those set points that he had," Kyrgios noted. "That’s the tennis that I knew it was going to come to in one of the sets, where he was going to raise his level.
He’s a good player. I wasn’t surprised at all by some of the shots he was hitting or how he was serving. He’s extremely athletic for his size as well. “I’m actually pretty happy with the way I played today”.
Kyrgios plays next against Croatian tennis star Borna Coric, who beat rising Finnish star Emiil Ruusuvuori. “(He’s a) great player,” Kyrgios said of Coric. “Amazing player. Super solid and he’s been at the top of the sport now for the last couple of years.
He’s been playing great tennis”. Kyrgios is hoping to make a deep run at the Murray River Open and then had a notable campaign at the Australian Open. “I know how to win matches and I definitely feel at home playing the Aus Open. I love it here, it’s one of my favourite tournaments of the year," Kyrgios underlined.