Welcome to the Montreal Masters live, where Nick Kyrgios takes on Alex de Minaur.
Nick Kyrgios has made an “electric start” against fellow Australian Alex de Minaur at the Montreal Masters, with the Wimbledon runner-up holding an early doubles break.
Kyrgios, who defeated world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in three sets, won all four games, including breaking De Minaur in the first game.
Indeed, De Minaur appeared “shell-shocked” as “mature” Kyrgios ran riot.
De Minaur finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth game, serving for the first time in the match.
But Kyrgios moved to a 5-1 lead in the opening fourth.
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Kyrgios could go a long way in cementing himself against Australian compatriot Alex de Minaur at this year’s US Open.
In the year After beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014, the Australian upset the Wimbledon finalist with a 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-2 win over Medvedev to buy his second career number one.
The mercurial Aussie delivered his usual on-court speech against Medvedev, complaining loudly about the ball, hitting the ball into the stands to attract a warning and arguing in the tension of the box.
He may have behaved better at De Minaur, whom he respects and has shared a Davis Cup with.
The 37th-ranked Kyrgios is in the form of his life and looks to finally be fulfilling some of his immense potential. But the Australian said he was not interested in the rankings and was only interested in the here and now.
“I don’t go in to see the ranking, just the person in front of me,” Kyrgios said.
“Today I had a pure intention — serve more and volley and execute better.
“Hopefully I can keep this rolling and keep winning.”
Kyrgios has won 14 of his last 15 matches to improve to 29-7 for 2022.
De Minaur beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to set up an all-Aussie clash.