Nick Kyrgios‘ winning streak is still going strong despite the change in playing surface. The Australian is showing signs of breaking through in 2022. He is unmistakably more himself than in the past and is committed to improving his own game, winning a Slam in doubles and making the Wimbledon final.
The 27-year-old from Canberra is now competing at the ATP 500 in Washington, which he won in 2019 by defeating Daniil Medvedev in the final. He has already dispatched of American opponents Tommy Paul and Marcos Girón in the first two rounds, and now Reilly Opelka is his opponent.
However, prior to his match against Paul, Kyrgios went through a few odd occurrences that, in his opinion, a top seed would not have gone through: “I think a top seed does not even play the first round,” he said at the post-victory press conference.
“I was hoping to play today after playing a really difficult first round [against Girón, ed] last night. I tested till midnight. Paul, who was the 14th seed, can choose when to go to bed. He consumes food at will.
When there was no food, they advised me to eat at the bar. I believe a seeded player shouldn’t have to deal with any of these situations.” Nick Kyrgios has frequently made public declarations of his qualities without hesitation.
And it must be acknowledged that the season’s results thus far support the Australian’s claim that if the player had played a regular Wimbledon, he would have earned 1200 points and be ranked in the Top-20 right now. Nick, however, claims that ranking has never really reflected his quality of play and that it has never been a concern for him: “Not really being recognized.
My rating has never accurately described my performance. This is also a result of the fact that I’ve never played a complete schedule of games.”
Kyrgios considers how to preserve match points.
The 27-year-old was questioned about the atmosphere and how he managed to save match points against the home favorite at his post-victory press conference.
“I don’t even consider that a match point, to be honest. I will ultimately be a loser if I lose. I’ll give that guy my handshake and remark, “Too good.” I stopped there. I positioned myself in a position to stay in the fight, and based on my observations, I thought he was engaging the fans right away.
Early on, I expended a small amount of energy, “explained Nick Kyrgios. “Conditions out here are difficult. You lose a lot of fluids out here, and toward the end, my serve picked up speed. At the finish, I felt like I had new legs. In these circumstances, serving 130 is rather beneficial. I genuinely like where I am right now “Added he.