‘Mind-blowingly good’ Nick Kyrgios hands fellow Aussie Alex de Minaur brutal reality check ahead of US Open
Nick Kyrgios has delivered one other tennis masterclass to place Alex de Minaur to the sword and scorch into the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters 1000.
De Minaur entered the first-time showdown together with his Davis Cup teammate as Australian No.1, however copped a nasty reality check in a 6-2 6-3 mauling on the hands of the most well liked participant on tour.
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Kyrgios wanted barely an hour to wrap up a fifteenth win from his previous 16 matches and assure himself one other vital rankings increase ahead of the US Open beginning on August 29.
“Almost as flawless as you can get that performance, especially the opening set,” the commentator mentioned.
“It was mind-blowingly good at times. Had to work a little harder in the second set … just few lapses of concentration along the way, but on the whole that really was a statement performance.”
Kyrgios claimed it was tough taking part in his buddy however, at occasions, it seemed like he was toying with de Minaur, who barely gained some extent within the opening 4 video games.
He lastly obtained on the board within the fifth sport however Kyrgios, mixing fashionable serve-volley performs with ferocious back-court energy, effortlessly took the opening set in 23 minutes earlier than instantly grabbing an early break within the second.
He briefly misplaced composure after failing to serve out the match at 5-2 however regained his cool to clinch victory with a fourth ruthless fourth break.
Kyrgios mentioned it was powerful backing up from his emotion-charged second-round win over world No.1 Daniil Medvedev to maintain his streak going.
“It’s never easy playing a friend, particularly if they’re Australian. So I just got out here and got the job done,” he mentioned.
“To play Alex, we’re such good friends, and he’s having such a good career so far carrying the Australian flag and it was just tough mentally.
“I played the way I had to play. He’s a hell of a player. If you play to his strengths, he’s one of the best players from the back in the game and he’s so fast.”
The red-hot Wimbledon runner-up is projected to rise from thirty seventh to No.27 within the standings and will crack the world’s high 15 if he backs up final week’s success in Washington with an eighth profession title on Sunday.
That will safe Kyrgios an important top-16 seeding in New York, guaranteeing the 27-year-old wouldn’t play a higher-ranked rival till no less than the second week on the season’s closing grand slam.
“It was a goal more so that I didn’t get one of the titans or the big gods in the first round (at Flushing Meadows),” Kyrgios mentioned.
“I can actually work my way into the draw if the draw’s kind. But, look, I always feel like my game is right there.
“I feel like no matter who I play – like today I felt amazing – and hopefully I can keep it going.”
Kyrgios’ extra speedy focus is Hubert Hurkacz for a spot within the semi-finals for a sixth event operating exterior of an injury-enforced withdrawal in Mallorca the week earlier than Wimbledon.
Hurkacz beat Kyrgios two months in the past on the Halle grass courts and superior to the final eight on Thursday with a combating 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 7-6 (7-3) third-round win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Earlier, fourth seed Casper Ruud superior to the quarters with a 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut.
Ruud is the best seed left within the singles draw following the demise of the highest three seeds – Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas – on Wednesday.
However residence hope Felix Auger-Aliassime additionally nonetheless lurks after ousting British No.9 seed Cameron Norrie 6-3 6-4.
– with AAP