Nick Kyrgios: 'Serving 130 in these conditions is...'

‘To serve 130 under these conditions is…’

Nick Kyrgios’ positive streak continues, changing the surface but not the performance. 2022 is proving to be a breakthrough year for the Australian, decidedly more himself than in the past, focusing on his own tennis, winning a doubles slam and reaching the Wimbledon final.

The 27-year-old from Canberra is now competing at the ATP 500 in Washington – which he won in 2019 by beating Daniil Medvedev in the final – where he nimbly defeated Marcos Girón and Tommy Paul in the first two rounds and now another American awaits: Reilly Opelka.

Before the match against Paul, however, Kyrgios had a few strange episodes that he thought a top seed wouldn’t have experienced: “I think a top seed doesn’t even play the first round,” he began at the press conference after the win.

“I played a very tough first round last night [against Girón, ed], and I tested until midnight, hoping to play tonight. He [Paul, who was the 14th seed] goes to bed whenever he wants. He eats what he wants.

They told me to eat at the bar when there was nothing to eat. Those are things that I don’t think a seeded player should have to deal with.” Again and again, Nick Kyrgios has not hesitated to publicly acknowledge and declare his qualities.

And it has to be said that the results so far this season prove the Australian correct that if he had played a regular Wimbledon he would have gained 1200 points and would now be in the top-20. However, the ranking has never been an issue for Nick, who states that the ranking has never really reflected his level of play: “It’s not real recognition.

My ranking has never reflected my game. It’s also because of my game plan: I’ve never played a full plan.”

Kyrgios thinks about saving match points

In his post-win press conference, the 27-year-old was asked about the mood and how he saved match points against the home favorites.

“Yeah, look, I don’t even think about whether it’s a match point or not. At the end of the day, if I lose, I lose. I’m going to shake that person’s hand and say, “Too good.” That’s all I’ve done. I put myself in a position to stay in the game and I felt like in my experience he shook the audience up and involved them early on.

I wasted a bit of energy early on,” said Nick Kyrgios. “It’s tough conditions out here. You lose a lot of fluid out here and my serve went into a different gear towards the end. I felt like I had fresh legs at the end. Serving 130 under these conditions is quite helpful. I’m really happy where I am,” he added.

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