Saturday, December 03, 2022

Kyrgios: “Right now, there are few tennis players playing at my level”

Kyrgios: "Right now, there are few tennis players playing at my level"

The current Nick Kyrgios has nothing to do with last year. keep skipping sound episodes, It hasn’t been (nor will be, of course) separated by controversy, but the results of the game have arrived., Numbers speak. He started the year ahead of the top-100 of the rankings and now, he is almost 22nd. Quarterfinals at Indian Wells, Semifinals in Houston, Stuttgart and Halle, Grand final at Wimbledon, her first in a Grand Slam, title in Washington… More joys than disappointments. The only blurring, of course, was his early elimination at home at the Australian Open. Of course, against Daniil Medvedev and being a very different Kyrgio. “I was nowhere near the player I am now. And I even got a set! I feel like repeating a win against someone I recently beatI’m sure it’s on your mind, I’m sure it’s on my mind, ”says the marine himself now.

The Russian player will be his next opponent at the US Open (01:00 am today). In Canada, just three weeks earlier, he had already defeated her (6-7, 6-4, 6-2). Daniel’s third loss against Nick. In fact, the only game that went to the European side was Australia. Not one more. Challenge for number one against the confident Kyrgios. “A few players are playing at my level right now. I am one of the favorites and I hope to do well. Mind you, win or lose, I am proud of how far I have come. I have worked hard to reach the fourth round of this US Open”, he insisted. His goals are clearer than ever: “I think as a tennis player, as an athlete, as with any profession, you always want to be in these moments. I want to play in the biggest stadium in the world in front of millions of people. That’s where I want to be. That’s why I work hard. I know a lot of people don’t want me to be successful. I know a lot of people hate my game.”

A new Nick who claims to have “a lot of respect for Medvedev and his coach” but has, of course, also starred in the curious episode with the Russian player. Daniel will surely never forget his first match against the Aussie in Rome 2019. Gestures, blows under the feet … Medvedev lost his temper and Kyrgios won, the usual combination in his duets, which never reached a high level. “We’re fine, although I don’t think we’re friends, I don’t know if he thinks the same way. When I say ‘friends’ I mean we’ve never been to a bar together. We have a lot of respect for each other, we have never had a fight on the court, that could change at any moment, because we are both electric and you never know what could happen. He respects me and I respect him too, I respect him because I know what he is capable of”, Medvedev now attaches importance.

Davydovich, an underrated player

Kyrgios is set to reach the quarterfinals in the United States. Like him, Alejandro Davydovich will also be looking for them. The Spanish player, after defeating Daniele Galán, will face Matteo Berrettini today (5:00 PM). A demanding duel, but not impossible for a Malaga player, arouses great sympathy in Nick. This week, when asked on Instagram by the lowest-rated players on the circuit, Ocean named the Spaniard. Recently, in Cincinnati, with much spectacle and victory for Kyrgios, the two met for the first time. “He’s a complex tennis player, he’s very talented… He has a lot of shots. He had to serve well and then direct the game as much as he could. His backhand is incredible. It was a complicated game”, they analyzedHowever, confirming his victory. Talent recognizes each other.

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