Inside Nick Kyrgios’ ‘Very Good Tennis Brain’ | ATP Tour

Nick Kyrgios is known for his sizzling – huge serves, huge touches, tweeners and winners out of thin air. Though some question his shot choices from time to time, the Aussie says there’s brains behind his brilliance.

“I feel like I research all the players and I feel like I have a very good tennis brain. Watching tennis as a kid and all the tennis I played and how many times I watch it, I kind of know everyone’s strengths and weaknesses,” Kyrgios said. “I just feel like I know my playing style well and what works. I obviously feel against someone like Fokina or Medvedev, de Minaur, those types of players, if I participate in too many rallies it’s not a high percentage.

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Kyrgios specifically referenced how players will enter cross-court rallies to play “high percentages”. He’s not afraid to switch things up and change the rhythm of a rally.

“It’s not a high percentage for me. That’s not how I’m going to win games by playing light ball crosscourt. For 90 percent of the players it’s high percentage, but for me it’s very low percentage tennis. It won’t make it,” said Kyrgios. “Against these types of players, I know I have to stay on top of the points, stay aggressive, try and shorten the points where I can, serve and volley, shuffle, cut. I have to play my kind of tennis and that’s a high percentage.

The 27-year-old is less about following convention and more about using his playing style correctly against a given opponent. For example, fighting fire with fire won’t always work.

“I just feel like I really understand what that is for my game and I know how other people are trying to play,” Kyrgios said. “That’s the key to it. I feel like not having a coach worked. I think over the last six months a lot of people haven’t achieved that before without a coach and I feel like that’s just something that comes with confidence and knowing your game.

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Kyrgios advanced to the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-4 win Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The recent City open master and Wimbledon The finalist has performed well in Cincinnati before, most notably in 2017 when he defeated Rafael Nadal en route to his first ATP Masters 1000 final.

“Cincy is quiet and it’s a very chilled place. I’ve played amazing tennis here in my career and I’ve had some crazy outbursts too,” Kyrgios said. “It’s definitely a medal of what’s coming Kyrgios and showing up in Cincinnati, but hopefully this time it’s just a quiet, collected thing [Kyrgios]. I just want to have a good week before continuing with the good habits and giving myself only the best to prepare US Open.”

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