Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was "super happy" after starting his Washington campaign with a win over American qualifier Thai-Son Kwiatkowski. Kyrgios, ranked at No. 52 in the world, saw off 206th-ranked Kwiatkowski 7-5 6-4 to claim his maiden win in Washington.
Kyrgios blew two set points in the ninth game, before he failed to serve out for the first set in the following game. However, the Australian remained calm as he broke the American twice in a row to open a 7-5 2-0 lead.
The 24-year-old then routinely held on to his serve as he didn't give a single break point to Kwiatkowski in the rest of the match to seal a straight-set win. "I played well today. I’m just happy to get through honestly,” Kyrgios said post-match, per Tennis Australia.
“Haven’t been playing too much tennis, been going through some mental struggles, but super happy with the win." Next up for Kyrgios will be No. 11 seed Gilles Simon, against whom he has never played before.
"The same thing for me every single match — serve big and play big and back my instincts,” Kyrgios said when asked how he would approach the Simon clash. “That’s what I’ve been playing for my entire career and we’ll see how it goes."