Nick Kyrgios: I hope I’ve set a good example to people that are struggling
by PHILIP ANDERSON | VIEW 3897
Australian Nick Kyrgios put up a fantastic performance at the Acapulco Open, defeating Alexander Zverev in the finals to win his 5th ATP Title. He took out 3 Top-10 players including Rafael Nadal en-route to the title. “I think I’ve played a lot better (tennis before), but this could be the best I’ve competed in a long time,” he said.
“I did everything I could on court, I tried 100%. I think I’ve played much better tennis." He further added, “It’s huge. To win a tournament like this, beating the players I beat, just gives me confidence.
I could have lost second round to Rafa in the second round – he had three match points. So I’m very lucky and very fortunate to be in this position”. “And shows if I can do it – and I was going through some really rough times, was really battling mentally, seeing a psychologist – I just hope I’ve set a good example to people that are struggling”.
“If I can do it and go out and beat guys like Rafa, Stan, Zverev, you can get through whatever you’re getting through”. He further admitted that there is more work to do. “Obviously the win feels good, but this is just the start.
I think I need to do a lot better and I need to work a lot harder,” he said. “I think my game is top 10, but the things I do off court, my professionalism, my work ethic, is not top 10. I think I need to get those things right, to get into the top 10.
When you look at Sascha, Rafa, Novak, every single day they’re doing the right things. And for me I’m not doing the right things yet. “So hopefully maybe I can start doing that, and one day I can be top 10”.