Nick Kyrgios continues against Alex De Minaur

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Nick Kyrgios continues against Alex De Minaur

The extended match between Casper Ruud and Roberto Bautista Agut (and its 1h10 interruption due to a heavy storm) forced the organizers to make a difficult choice on Friday in Montreal. Since the local star, Félix Auger-Aliassime, could not decently be scheduled elsewhere than on the Central, Nick Kyrgios had to migrate at the last minute to the Rogers court, smaller but just as hot. The crowd, delighted, fought to find a free seat but was able to enjoy the recital of the bad boy for an hour, opposed to his compatriot Alex De Minaur (23 years old, 21st ATP). The day after his resounding achievement against Daniil Medvedevthe 27-year-old Australian (37th in the world) did not have to force his talent against an opponent who was nevertheless in his legs since he won the title in Atlanta ten days ago.

“I’m tired but I’m confident”

Despite a first ball at half mast (only 54% of first serves over the whole match) and two breaks conceded (the first at the start of the second set, the second at the moment of service for the match, at 5-2), Kyrgios, largely dominating from the back of the court, quietly validated his ticket for the quarter-finals (6-2, 6-3 in 1h02). “I actually felt nervous all day, because it’s hard to play against a friend and compatriot, he confessed. I really applied my game plan to perfection, otherwise it would have been a dangerous match because he loves big servers. I’m tired but I’m confident, I hit the ball very well. I feel like right now my opponents are a little nervous about playing me because they know my level. I must continue to enjoy it. »

Now guaranteed to be seeded at the US Open (he is now virtually 27th in the world), Kyrgios will find this Friday in the quarter-finals the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (10th ATP), who had dominated him a few years ago. weeks in Halle (4-6, 7-6 [2]7-6 [4]).

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