‘Never Want to Play Each Other’, Says Nick Kyrgios After Defeating Kokkinakis in US Open


Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios defeated his countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis to kickstart his US Open 2022 marketing campaign with a victory. The 27-year-old received the match 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Kyrgios appeared a bit shaky on Monday as he was seen on the courtroom after his losses in Citi Open and Wimbledon. He completed because the runner-up within the males’s singles at Wimbledon as Novak Djokovic clinched the title. Additional, he additionally misplaced to Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka within the Citi Open.


On Monday, Kyrgios first appeared assured as he did not discover it powerful to get previous Kokkinakis within the first two units, however the latter stored Kyrgios very tight within the third one. From being 6-5 up, Kokkinakis had the prospect to shut out the match, however Kyrgios took the match into the tie-breaker.

Kyrgios fumbled to start with of the tie-breaker as he trailed 2-3 however quickly discovered his rhythm and did not give a lot respiration house to his opponent.

Kyrgios brilliantly managed to not concede a single break level to Kokkinakis. However he broke his opponent’s serve two out of 5 instances. The spotlight of Kyrgios’ recreation was his first serves as he garnered 86 % of factors from them.

Nevertheless, after the match, Kyrgios stated that he by no means desires to face Kokkinakis once more however sounded fairly enthusiastic about partnering his Aussie teammate within the males’s doubles on the US Open.

“I believed I performed a extremely good first couple of units and bought on high of the match early. After we each noticed the draw it was a nightmare. We by no means wish to play one another. He most likely beats 80 per cent of the draw tonight. I’ve bought a lot respect for him. I am unable to wait to play doubles with him in a number of days on the fitting aspect of the online,” stated Kyrgios.

Whereas speaking about his win, he added, “To play one in every of most likely my finest mates after Serena’s attainable final match, with a record-breaking attendance, it is insane. An evening I am by no means going to neglect. My 2 hundredth win as effectively. A pair accolades right this moment. It was good.”

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Although Kyrgios defeated his nation mate within the singles however each will probably be seen taking part in with one another within the doubles.

However, earlier than the doubles match, Kyrgios will probably be seen in motion in opposition to France’s Benjamin Bonzi within the second spherical on Wednesday, August 31.

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