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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

How fate's opened the door for Kyrgios


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Nick Kyrgios' opening round form at the US Open bodes well for a run deep into the tournament, according to former player and now commentator Sam Groth.

Kyrgios dispatched world No.88 Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 in the first round, a performance overshadowed by his controversial post-match comments.

The victory set up a very winnable second round match against Frenchman Antoine Hoang, the French 23-year-old who has progressed past the first round of a grand slam for just the second time in his career.

Kyrgios' path has been made easier after the top seeds in his section of the draw suffered a nightmare opening round, with Dominic Thiem (fourth seed), Stefanos Tsitsipas (eight seed) and Roberto Bautista Agut (10th seed) all sent packing.

The Australian also caught a break pre-tournament, being placed in the only quarter of the draw not to contain one of the 'Big Three' of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

It clears the way for Kyrgios to surpass his best ever showing at a US Open, following third round appearances in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

The 24-year-old has twice made the quarter-finals of a grand slam, most recently at the 2015 Australian Open.

Groth says he liked what he saw from Kyrgios in round one.

"The match against Steve Johnson, he played really well," Groth told Wide World of Sports.

"There were the normal distractions, a bit of chat, but for the most part he was engaged, he was into the match, he was competing, and you could tell he really wanted to be there.

"For Nick to be that engaged that early is a real positive. We've seen him struggle at slams before, to be honest I thought if yesterday was an indication of what' to come, we'll I think he's only going to get better as long as his body holds up."

Nick Kyrgios

The question marks over his fitness follow remarks from former Australian Open semi-finalist Wayne Ferreira, who said in commentary that Kyrgios wouldn't be able to go deep into the tournament because he's not physically tough enough.

And while Groth admits Kyrgios' ability to handle seven best-of-five set matches is unknown, he believes the Australian isn't the only player yet to prove himself.

"It's a tough one, because we probably haven't seen it for a long time. Nick had that run at Wimbledon when he was 18, but in terms of his body holding up over seven five-set matches, it's definitely always been one of the question marks.

"He always tells us he doesn't train a lot, but I don't necessarily buy into that. He spent some time out of the spotlight after Wimbledon, but for him to play as well as he did in Washington, he had to have been practising. I'm sure he went away after Cincinnati and did some work.

Nick Kyrgios is unlikely to be suspended for the Australian summer, according to Sam Groth.

"It's actually a question mark over a lot of the younger guys in this event. Even a guy like (fifth seed) Daniil Medvedev, who's played so well through the US hard court swing and won a lot of matches, the unknown is his ability to do it over five sets.

"The tour has been so dominated by the top players for so long … we know they can do it, but we're not really sure how the younger guys can do it."

Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis stadium in the world, with a capacity approaching 24,000 fans, and the atmosphere can be intense, especially for the night matches.

"If you look at the way he plays, and you look at New York as a place, they like loud, they like boisterous, they like flamboyance," Groth said.

"If there's a place where they would embrace Nick, it's definitely New York. I think he needs a little bit of that."

Nick Kyrgios' opening round form at the US Open bodes well for a run deep into the tournament, according to former player and now commentator Sam Groth.

Kyrgios dispatched world No.88 Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 in the first round, a performance overshadowed by his controversial post-match comments.

The victory set up a very winnable second round match against Frenchman Antoine Hoang, the French 23-year-old who has progressed past the first round of a grand slam for just the second time in his career.

Kyrgios' path has been made easier after the top seeds in his section of the draw suffered a nightmare opening round, with Dominic Thiem (fourth seed), Stefanos Tsitsipas (eight seed) and Roberto Bautista Agut (10th seed) all sent packing.

The Australian also caught a break pre-tournament, being placed in the only quarter of the draw not to contain one of the 'Big Three' of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

It clears the way for Kyrgios to surpass his best ever showing at a US Open, following third round appearances in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

The 24-year-old has twice made the quarter-finals of a grand slam, most recently at the 2015 Australian Open.

Groth says he liked what he saw from Kyrgios in round one.

"The match against Steve Johnson, he played really well," Groth told Wide World of Sports.

"There were the normal distractions, a bit of chat, but for the most part he was engaged, he was into the match, he was competing, and you could tell he really wanted to be there.

"For Nick to be that engaged that early is a real positive. We've seen him struggle at slams before, to be honest I thought if yesterday was an indication of what' to come, we'll I think he's only going to get better as long as his body holds up."

Nick Kyrgios

The question marks over his fitness follow remarks from former Australian Open semi-finalist Wayne Ferreira, who said in commentary that Kyrgios wouldn't be able to go deep into the tournament because he's not physically tough enough.

And while Groth admits Kyrgios' ability to handle seven best-of-five set matches is unknown, he believes the Australian isn't the only player yet to prove himself.

"It's a tough one, because we probably haven't seen it for a long time. Nick had that run at Wimbledon when he was 18, but in terms of his body holding up over seven five-set matches, it's definitely always been one of the question marks.

"He always tells us he doesn't train a lot, but I don't necessarily buy into that. He spent some time out of the spotlight after Wimbledon, but for him to play as well as he did in Washington, he had to have been practising. I'm sure he went away after Cincinnati and did some work.

Nick Kyrgios is unlikely to be suspended for the Australian summer, according to Sam Groth.

"It's actually a question mark over a lot of the younger guys in this event. Even a guy like (fifth seed) Daniil Medvedev, who's played so well through the US hard court swing and won a lot of matches, the unknown is his ability to do it over five sets.

"The tour has been so dominated by the top players for so long … we know they can do it, but we're not really sure how the younger guys can do it."

Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis stadium in the world, with a capacity approaching 24,000 fans, and the atmosphere can be intense, especially for the night matches.

"If you look at the way he plays, and you look at New York as a place, they like loud, they like boisterous, they like flamboyance," Groth said.

"If there's a place where they would embrace Nick, it's definitely New York. I think he needs a little bit of that."

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