Nick Kyrgios is off to a good start in his third-round clash with American star JJ Wolf, winning the first game 6-4.
Both men served for the opening games before Kyrgios got a much-needed break midway through the first set.
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If Kyrgios wins, it will be the first time he has reached the fourth round at the US Open.
Kyrgios beat his good friend and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the first round before beating France’s Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. , 4-6, 6-4 in the second round.
The 23-year-old Wolff was upset by Cincinnati’s No. 16 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round and then defeated Chilean Alejandro Tabillo 4-6, 7-5, 6-. 4, 6-3 in the second round.
Kyrgios, the No. 23 seed, is undoubtedly the favorite going into the clash and if he wins, he could face world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.
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But tennis legend John McEnroe believes there is something holding the Aussie star back from fully exploiting his label as the favorite to win.
As everyone can see, the closer you get to reaching your potential, the higher your potential will get,” McEnroe said. New York Post.
“This is always the goal of any athlete. All athletes fear failure. How do you handle that? … In Nick’s case, as we all do, we all fear failure, which is his way of trying to take some of the pressure off. Unfortunately, sometimes he is not allowed to compete to the best of his ability, he stops competing.
“Fortunately, recently, he seems to have found a good place in his life, and he’s doing a much better job at it.
“Nick moves the needle, he’s a great kid. Players like him, the fans love him, he brings something to the table. He is the most talented player out there in the last 10 years, bar none. So you want to see a guy like that maximize his potential. If not, it would be a shame.”