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Nick Kyrgios Downs Zverev To Win Mexican Open, But Insists He Is Not Playing At His Best

The 23-year-old has completed a dream week in Mexico with his third win over a top 10 player.



Nick Kyrgios (Photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios believes there is more to come from him after winning his first ATP title in almost 13 months at the Mexican Open.


Kyrgios, who is currently ranked 72nd in the world, downed second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4, in the final on Saturday. Producing a total of 13 aces and saving seven out of the eight break points he faced. The only time Kyrgios dropped serve was during the early stages of the second set, but he managed to regain control by breaking Zverev once again three games later. In total, the former top 20 player produced 26 winners to 19 unforced errors on route to the title.

“It’s an amazing feeling. I didn’t expect much at all today. I knew I was the underdog going in and that he’s playing great tennis,” said Kyrgios. “He’s an incredible player and doesn’t have many weaknesses, so I knew I had to play my style of tennis. I’m really happy with the performance.”

The trophy caps off what has been a sensational week for Kyrgios. Coming into the tournament, he had only recorded two wins on the tour this season. Then in Acapulco, he scored consecutive victories over Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and Zverev. Making it the first time he has defeated three top 10 players within a week and the first time he has defeated two top three players in the same tournament.

“I think I’ve played a lot better.” Kyrgios admitted during his press conference. “I think this is the best I’ve competed in a long time. I did everything I could on the court, I tried 100 percent and I think I played much better tennis.”
“I served well in important situations, but I didn’t serve my best. I don’t think Sasha was anything near his best, but it was a very good match.” He added.

Despite Kyrgios’ modesty, his latest achievement has been hailed by runner-up Zverev. Their meeting was the ninth time they have played each other (counting Davis Cup and junior tournaments). Kyrgios now leads their head-to-head 6-3.

“To beat four players like that in a 500 event, you deserve to win it,” Zverev said to his opponent during the trophy ceremony.
“I know you guys had a little bit of fight with the crowd, but really, he’s the one who deserves to win the tournament this week. He’s the real champion of this week.
“I think people need to give credit to the people that deserve credit, and I think Nick this week showed to be the best player, so well done to you.”

Kyrgios has been long hailed as a future star of the sport due to the talent he has shown on the court. However, he has also developed a reputation for his unorthodox and controversial behaviour. Earlier in the week, Nadal said he ‘lacks respect for the crowd, his opponent and towards himself.’ Something Kyrgios has dismissed.

“For sure I need to be way more better physically, I need to be way more better professionally and do the right things. I mean, I don’t even have a coach, so maybe I’ll start there.” He concluded.

Acapulco is Kyrgios’ second ATP 500 title and fifth overall.


Stefanos Tsitsipas starts his Australian Open campaign with a straight-set win over Salvatore Caruso



Last year’s Australian Open semifinalist and ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped just five games in his 6-0 6-2 6-3 win over Italy’s Salvatore Caruso after 1 hour and 43 minutes.


Tsitsipas earned three consecutive breaks to cruise to a bagel win in the opening set. Caruso saved the first break point and held his first service game to draw level to 1-1, but she Tsitsipas converted his third break point chance at deuce to open up a 3-1 lead. The Greek player earned his second break at love in the eighth game.

Tsitsipas went up a break at love in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Caruso saved three match points in the eighth game at 2-5 to prolong the match, but Tsitsipas served out the win at 30 with an ace down middle the court in the ninth game after 1 hour and 45 minutes setting up a second round match against either Phillip Kohlschreiber or Marcos Giron.

“Today I tried to stay calm. That was something that I had really in the back of my head, trying to stay calm, be aggressive on and off the court. I would describe the match the match as very stable. Throughout the match I was very focused. I was in the zone, and I am very happy with my first set. It was almost perfect. I don’t remember the last time that I won a set 6-0. It was a good quality tennis. Let’s not forget the people here. The people that bring the energy. I will give it to them”, said Tsitsipas in the post-match interview.

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Matteo Berrettini cruises past wild card Andrew Harris to advance to the Australian Open second round



Number 8 seed and 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini cruised past Australian wild card Andrew Harris 6-3 6-1 6-3 in the first round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.


Berrettini converted five of his nine break points and hit 38 winners. The Italian player won the opening set 6-3 with a break in the second game at deuce and the second set with three consecutive breaks.

Berrettini came back from 0-40 down by winning five consecutive points in the sixth game of the third set to earn the break at deuce for 4-2 when Harris hit a forehand into the net. Berrettini sealed the win with a big forehand on the match point after 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Berrettini will take on either US Tennys Sandgren or Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti.

“It’s always tough because I played my last official match in November. I figured out how to play my best tennis, so I am really happy with my performance. Like always, I am going round by round. I am happy that I am healthy and playing well”, said Berrettini.

Last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannick Sinner was leading 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 4-4, before the match was suspended due to rain. The Italian rising star converted four of his eight break points. Sinner went down a break in the seventh game to trail 3-5 in the opening set, but he broke back in the 10th game before winning the tie-break 7-2. Sinner broke twice to win the second set 6-2. Sinner went up a break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Purcell broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4.   Sinner, who is making his first appearance at Melbourne Park, holds a 15-30 lead at 4-4 in the third set.

Sam Querrey stunned Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, who eased past Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-2 6-2.

Guido Pella edged Australian wild card John Patrick Smith 6-3 7-5 6-4 to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face France’s Gregoire Barrere, who came back from one set down to beat Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

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Grigor Dimitrov Causes A Stir At Australian Open With Crazy Outfit

The world No.20 has split opinion about what he is wearing at Melbourne Park.



Grigor Dimitrov’s first round match at the Australian Open didn’t centre round how or who he was playing. It was about what he was wearing on the court.


The former Wimbledon semi-finalist triggered a mass reaction on social media when walking into the Melbourne Arena wearing a navy blue Nike spotted tracksuit. A decision by the Bulgarian that has split opinion among tennis fans. Although Dimitrov has no regrets about the outfit, which he helped design along with Nike.

“It is! I just don’t wanna be a vanilla. I love being different,” the 28-year-old told reporters when asked if it was a fashion statement.

Besides the tracksuit, the 18th seed also caught the attention of fans with what he was wearing underneath. His abstract T-shirt featured a combination of white, black, pink and red. Drawing more questions about the decision behind what he is wearing on the courts in Melbourne. His shorts are more orthodox with just a plain navy blue colour.

In his first round match, Dimitrov battled back from a set down to edge out Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4. During the at times roller coaster encounter, the world No.20 hit 17 aces and blasted 47 winners past his opponent. Recording his third win of the season following his two singles victories during the ATP Cup.

“I was just trying to get my rhythm. It was a very tough first set. I was unable to find my striking zone and did a lot of unforced errors.” A critically speaking Dimitrov commented during his on-court interview.

Dimitrov will play either Tommy Paul or Leonardo Mayer in the second round.


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