Nick Kyrgyz admits that his love affair with tennis means that he can only train for two hours before he gets bored.
Australia’s Pablo Carreno Bustan, who reached the semi-finals of the ATP Halle Grass Court on Friday, described the sport as “stressful” with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Spain.
“Sometimes I get really upset. I have to calm down,” he said. The 27-year-old, who is accustomed to leading his own practice without having to hire a coach, says he is happy with his unusual style.
“In practice I play mainly points and I play for opportunities – I like to make it fun. “I have to have fun in court. I have to do things to make him want to train, so I use my basketball training. I can’t play tennis for more than two hours – I think it’s a little boring.
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Kirgos admits that for the second time in his life, tourism can be a big burden.
“You’re on your head, island, you’re exposed,” said World No. 65 as it moved beyond Wimbledon.
“You can’t go with your team and sit for 30 seconds. “It is definitely a love-hate relationship for me. My parents encouraged me to play tennis when I was seven, and it took me a long time.
“Every week you travel the world and experience new cultures and people. It’s really a sport.”
On Friday, Kirgos slipped into his tennis bag to greet the crowd in a variety of tweeners, and the flashback came back to confuse the Spanish opponent in 69 minutes.
Kyrgyzs beat 13 AC Milan three times and said he had a good game with Kareno Busta in his first meeting since 2016.
“I have had good races in my career, but I am very happy with this performance,” said World No. 65.
“He is Spanish but he plays well everywhere and hits the ball – he is a player of all courts.
“I knew I had to lock in the back (court). I played very well today.”
Kyrgyzs won the opening game of the sixth leg with a low shot on the back of the net, giving Carreno Busta a long way back.
Australia’s wild card in last week’s semi-final defeat at Stuttgart ended with a six-match unbeaten run in the second leg.
“Tennis has been very straightforward for a long time. All I do is serve under my arm. There was not much but the people went crazy.
“They’re used to seeing the same thing all the time. When someone like me comes and does things differently, that’s all it takes.”
Kyrgyz then defeated Polish Hubert Hurcach Felix Ajeer-Aliyasim 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4).
Top seed Daniel Medvedev had another easy pass as he defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista 6-2, 6-4.
Medvedev will now face German Oscar Otte 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 6-4 in the eighth round.