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Nick Kyrgios claimed his first-round US Open victory over good friend and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in ‘one of the most uncomfortable matches I’ve ever played’, despite his impressive 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-6) performance. 4) Victory.

“Probably one of the most uncomfortable matches I’ve ever played in my career,” Kyrgios said of the match in his first post-match press conference, just after midnight local time.

“From the get-go, I was trying to close the body and play the tennis ball. I wanted to never see him. And I think that helped me.

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It was a crushing defeat for Thanasi Kokkinakis.
It was a crushing defeat for Thanasi Kokkinakis.Source: AFP

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Kyrgios has revealed just how close the Australian pair are off the court as they team up with their Grand Slam-winning doubles partnership.

“Honestly, I feel like there are two or three players that I’ll be after tennis until the day I die, and Thanasi is one of them. It’s very difficult,” he said.

“I feel he’s had a really good chance – the way he’s been, the physicality he’s had and the confidence to play game after game – he’s had a good chance to go as far as the draw.

“So when I see our name – it’s sad. The way I was playing, the goals I had, I felt like I had a good chance in this tournament. I saw the name and I had mixed feelings.

“It just happened. I felt like I dealt with a good professional, the first couple of sets were flawless.

But he said it is not easy to ‘block’ the opponent from his mind.

“It’s never easy, (hearing) ‘Game Kokinakis’ every time he wins the game, he remembers who you’re playing. So it’s not easy.

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The 23rd seed at Flushing Meadows has shared a locker room with his good friend after the match, along with Kokkinakis at several tournaments on tour.

“Our locks are interconnected [and] “I went to Thanasi and said, ‘Look, that was the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever had on a tennis court,'” Kyrgios added.

Kyrgios was given the honor of playing at Arthur Ashe Stadium on the opening night, in what could be her final match against US Open great Serena Williams before she retires – although she was at least one late as she beat Danka Kovinic 6-3 6-3. More match.

Kyrgios said it was an honor to share the big stage.

“At the beginning, when you finish the tournament, you get emotional and you don’t know how to deal with it… The US Open doesn’t have big matches. To follow that up – let me play one of my friends after Serena’s last match and record-breaking participation. It’s crazy, a night I’ll never forget.

“It was great. I felt like I’d rather play after Serena – the crowd was still amazing, the atmosphere was electric. It was fun.”

You know just the buzz she brought, breaking history with crowds watching and buying tickets, it’s unbelievable,” he added. My goal is to grow the sport as much as possible.

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