Nick Kyrgios called his 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis “one of the most painful matches I’ve played.”
In his post-match press conference, Kyrgios called the match “maybe one of the most uncomfortable.”Right away, I tried to ignore his body and play with the tennis ball. I avoided his gaze. It benefited me. “
Kyrgios acknowledged how tight the Australian doubles team is off the court.
Thanasi is one of two or three players I’ll stay in touch with after tennis until I die. He said, “It’s hard.”
I think he has an excellent chance to go far in the draw with the way his body is holding up and his belief in playing match after match.
“It’s unfortunate when I see our names. My performance and my ambitions give me a decent chance in this competition. His last name gave me mixed feelings.
“It is. The first couple of sets were superb.
He said shutting out’ his opponent was difficult.
It’s never easy. Hearing ‘game Kokkinakis’ every time he wins reminds me of who I’m playing. It’s hard.
The 23rd seed at Flushing Meadows shared a locker room moment with Kokkinakis.
Our lockers are next to each other, so I told Thanasi, ‘That was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever felt on a tennis court.’
Nick Kyrgios played at Arthur Ashe Stadium on the opening night, following Serena Williams in what could have been her final match before retirement. Her 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Danka Kovini delays that for at least one more match.
Kyrgios said sharing the stage was an honor.
“When you get the draw, you feel a surge of emotion and don’t know how to handle it.” No US Open match will be larger. After Serena’s likely last match and record-breaking attendance, I’d play one of my best pals. I’ll never forget this night.
Good. I’d rather play after Serena because the crowd and atmosphere were incredible. Fun. “
The buzz she created, shattering records for viewers and ticket sales, is wonderful, he said. “I want to grow the sport as much as possible.”
‘Never again’: Kyrgios opens up on US Open ‘nightmare’ after ‘unbelievable’ show
At the US Open, Nick Kyrgios beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets.
Kyrgios dominated the match after breaking the deadlock in the opening set.
Everything had gone well for both men until the 23rd seed broke Kokkinakis’ serve late in the first set.
In the next game, he used his advantage to take a one-set-to-love lead.
Kyrgios held the lead and won the second set 6-4.
After breaking his great mate’s serve early on, he jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Kokkinakis rebounded and appeared to win the third set on his devastating serves.
Kyrgios survived ace after ace from the South Australian to force a tie-break.
Kyrgios won 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in straight sets after a service break. Kyrgios “never” wants to play his closest friend again.
Kyrgios played well in the first two sets.
“The draw was a nightmare,” they said. We’ll never compete.
I can’t wait to play doubles with him in a few days.