Nick Kyrgios: 'I don't feel old. I am maturing a lot'

by Leon Thompson January 16, 2018, 0:44
Nick Kyrgios: 'I don't feel old. I am maturing a lot'

"I've been hitting on Rod Laver the last couple days".

"A lot of people have reached out and said what a good initiative it is. Thank you very much to everybody here in Australia". "But I guess you just put the added pressure on yourself", he said. "Haven't been spending too much time around the courts".

"I'm not just playing for myself".

"I don't feel old", said the 22-year-old.

"There's nothing better than walking out onto an Australian Open court with the crowd behind you". "I loosened up a little bit in the third set. ultimately, I thought it was a pretty good performance".

"But I started with positive feelings".

"I'd be in the second round if I won one more point", Stosur lamented.

"Of course, there are things to improve".

"I think it's incredible for the sport to have such an open tournament, open sort of field that's strong and that anyone can win on a given day". "Victories are the most important thing now".

Ash Barty's best result at the Australia Open was making the third round past year.

The top seed only conceded three games in the match and had few problems with Estrella Burgos, who has a modest 6-15 record at grand slams. I've said it before, if Kyrgios can remain in this form and ride this momentum, he's going to be a serious threat to win this tournament.

Toni Nadal is now coaching at the Rafael Nadal Academy, with his nephew under the tutelage of Carlos Moya. "He knows the ups and downs that come in a Grand Slam match".

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To which Kyrgios responded: "I don't think I've ever spoken a word to him in my life". Then [Andy] Murray just destroyed me in Toronto.

However, Kyrgios remained focused where it mattered, dominating against world number 98 Dutra Silva on Hisense Arena.

"I'm just excited to be in Melbourne".

"Basing off one event, I would definitely say it's helped me", he said, referring to his spectacular title surge in Brisbane this month.

Kyrgios, who made the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2015, will begin his 2018 campaign against Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva.

For a brief moment, it looked like a journalist was about to pull off the impossible: leave Nick Kyrgios speechless. I get in and out.

Love is in the air it seems in the @NickKyrgios camp.

"I remember when I was, like, 19, I played in Grand Slams".

After claiming the Brisbane title in the build-up to Melbourne, his first on home soil, there is real optimism that he might be able to mount a serious assault.

Nick Kyrgios will now face Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the Round of 64 on Wednesday. "[I am] happy to get through", said Kyrgios.

Kyrgios sees his foundation as helping him cope with competitive pressures on court.

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