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‘Exhausted’ Nick Kyrgios and Alejandro Davidvic Fokina stage impressive rally

‘Exhausted’ Nick Kyrgios and Alejandro Davidvic Fokina stage impressive rally


Surprised Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios’ road show hit the Western and Southern Open on Tuesday as the Australian and Alejandro Davidovic Fokina gave the crowd a run for their money in their opening clash in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Kyrgios is in the form of his life at Wimbledon, finishing in a run-in with Novak Djokovic. Citi open Two weeks ago. He also managed to reach the quarter finals. Canadian Open last week.

And in the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament, he had another impressive 7-5, 6-4 win over Davevich Fokina. Kyrgios is now 15-2 in his four fights and is 31-8 in 2022. He also won 11 games in his first round this year.

As Kyrgios dominated, Davidvich Fokinam played his part, giving the crowd enough reason to get on their feet and cheer.

Despite the Spaniard breaking eight points in six games and the opening set, Kyrgios pulled himself out of trouble and finally broke in the 11th game.

The world number 28 started the second set in the opening game, but Davydvich Fokina returned to the field in game four, Kyrgios hit the next game before starting the match in 90 minutes.

The Australian had nothing but praise for his opponent after the match but admitted he felt tired.

“He’s very good, he got a lot of shots so I knew I had to serve well and lead as much as I could. According to the 27-year-old, his backhand is amazing so it was a tough match.

“You have to keep pushing and keep trying,” Kyrgios said at the break. Physically I didn’t feel good, I was a bit tired from everything, but mentally I played the big points well.

“I’ve got a broken back, but I used that energy to push the comebacks and then force another break. It’s not easy to come out here, so I’m happy with that.”

It won’t be easy as the Australian faces 11th seed Taylor Fritz in the third round. The American defeated Sebastian Baez of Argentina 6-1, 6-1.

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The winner of the Kyrgios-Fritz clash will either face sixth seed Andrey Rublev or lucky winner Fabio Fognini against world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals.

Medvedev defeated Bottic van de Zandshulp 6-4, 7-5 on Tuesday and will face either Tommy Paul or Denis Shapovalov in the third round.



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