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Andy Murray: Scot's second thoughts over decision not to play US Open singles

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Andy Murray says he has had some second thoughts about his decision not to play singles at the US Open.

Murray lost in straight sets to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati on Monday in his first singles match for seven months.

Murray had earlier turned down a wildcard for the main draw in New York because he was not convinced his body would be ready for five-set matches.

But the qualifying matches – which begin in New York on Monday – are played over the best of three sets.

“I don’t know why we didn’t really think of it, but it just never crossed my mind until this morning,” Murray told BBC Sport.

“When I woke up, I was like – I want to play three-set matches. I could maybe test myself there, and if I got through qualifying that might show that I’m ready to play there. But too late, unfortunately.”

The US Tennis Association has already announced the names of the nine American men who have received wildcards into the qualifying draw.

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The Scot, 32, will now decide, in conjunction with his team, whether to enter next week’s ATP singles event in Winston-Salem.

He is then planning to play doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open, although he is yet to find a partner for either. He will not be able to play with this year’s regular sidekick Feliciano Lopez, as he has agreed to play with Pablo Carreno Busta at the request of Spain’s Davis Cup captain.

“Unfortunately he’s taken, and a lot of the players have partners now,” Murray said.

“It’s not easy to find anyone at this late notice, but I’m sure we’ll get someone.”

In Cincinnati, Murray and Lopez have a second-round doubles match against Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock to look forward to. On Tuesday they beat the fourth seeds Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania’s Horia Tecau 3-6 6-3 10-3.

Murray was pleased with the way he played just 24 hours after contesting his first singles match since January’s hip surgery.

“I felt pretty good today,” he said.

“I was a little bit tired, I felt a bit drained – but more mentally rather than physically. I felt fine, so that was positive thing – maybe it showed that I wasn’t running enough!

“I learnt quite a lot from yesterday – about how tough this process is probably going to be, and how long a process it will be until I’m feeling really good on the court again.”

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Déjà Vu For Medvedev In Cincinnati

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Déjà Vu For Medvedev In Cincinnati

Opelka completes upset of No. 12 seed Coric

Another week, another win for Russian No. 1 Daniil Medvedev against Brit Kyle Edmund. The ninth seed maintained his strong form on Tuesday, ousting Edmund 6-2, 7-5 after one hour and 19 minutes to reach the second round of the Western & Southern Open.

The World No. 8 enjoyed one of the best tournaments of his career last week in Montreal, making his first ATP Masters 1000 final at the Coupe Rogers, propelling him to his career-high ATP Ranking. He also finished runner-up the week before that at the Citi Open.

“It was a bit tough physically, but I still played great tennis,” said Medvedev. “I could have won a bit easier, but Kyle stepped it up in the second set. These first rounds usually help you get into the tournament, so hopefully I can play even better tomorrow.”

In Canada, Medvedev eased past Edmund 6-3, 6-0 in just 59 minutes. But it was a more complicated match for the four-time ATP Tour titlist in Cincinnati. Edmund led 5-3 in the second set and he served to force a decider. But Medvedev battled hard to win the final four games of the match.

One year ago, Medvedev was forced to qualify for this tournament, as he was World No. 56, and the Russian lost in the first round of the main draw. But this season, Medvedev is pushing for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, entering the week placed sixth in the ATP Race To London.

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American Reilly Opelka walked on court Tuesday trailing No. 12 seed Borna Coric 3-4 in the final set of their first-round match. But the wild card quickly turned the tides and eliminated the Croat 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 after two hours and 18 minutes over the course of two days.

Opelka, who claimed his maiden ATP Tour title at the New York Open in February, will next play #NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur, whom he lost to in the semi-finals of July’s BB&T Atlanta Open.

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The 6’11” right-hander’s good friend, Taylor Fritz, was not as fortunate. No. 16 seed David Goffin ousted the American 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 after two hours and 25 minutes. The Belgian will try to avenge his loss from last week in Montreal when he faced Argentine Guido Pella next.

Los Cabos titlist Diego Schwartzman won 50 per cent of his return points en route to a 7-6(2), 6-3 victory against Rio de Janeiro champion Laslo Djere. The Argentine will battle Moldovan Radu Albot, who upset Marin Cilic on Monday.

In other action, Frenchman Benoit Paire advanced to the second round after taking a 6-4 lead when Spaniard Fernando Verdasco retired.

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Medvedev leads the ATP Tour in 2019 with 26 wins on hard courts according to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone. The 23-year-old is six victories clear of the second-ranked player on the list, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Jack Sock Headlines US Open Wild Card Recipients

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Jack Sock Headlines US Open Wild Card Recipients

Sixteen-year-old also receives a wild card

The USTA announced on Tuesday its wild cards for the US Open, led by Jack Sock, a 2017 Nitto ATP Finals singles qualifier and 2018 doubles champion at The O2.

Sock missed more than six months of this season after tearing two ligaments in his thumb during a practice at the Australian Open. The American, who climbed as high as No. 8 in the ATP Rankings in November 2017, told in July that the injury, “was potentially the biggest blessing in disguise for my careeer”.

The 2017 Rolex Paris Masters singles champion lost in the first round of the BB&T Atlanta Open and the Citi Open, and he also lost in qualifying at this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

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Zachary Svajda, a 16-year-old, will make his tour-level debut in Flushing Meadows after earning his wild card by winning the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championship, a tournament that has been won by the likes of Stan Smith, Michael Chang and more recently, Frances Tiafoe. Svajda is currently No. 1,419 in the ATP Rankings.

The other wild cards are Denis Kudla, Bjorn Fratangelo, Marcos Giron, Ernesto Escobedo and Frenchman Antoine Hoang. Kudla is the next player outside of the main draw cut for the year’s final Grand Slam. If anyone currently inside the cut withdraws before the draw, the USTA will be able to reallocate Kudla’s wild card.

Kudla’s most notable performance of the season came at the MercedesCup, where he upset Frenchman Gael Monfils en route to the quarter-finals. In 2015, Kudla made the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Hoang received the French Federation’s reciprocal wild card. He is ranked No. 101 and advanced to the third round at Roland Garros this year with wins over Damir Dzumhur and Fernando Verdasco.

The USTA also announced the nine men who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament: JC Aragone, Jenson Brooksby, Maxime Cressy, Sebastian Korda, Stefan Kozlov, Govind Nanda, Sam Riffice, Alex Rybakov and J.J. Wolf.

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Teenager Gauff handed wildcard for US Open

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

American teenager Coco Gauff has been awarded a wildcard for the women’s singles at the US Open this month.

Gauff, 15, became the youngest player in the Open era to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, beating former world number one Venus Williams en route to the fourth round.

The 2011 champion Sam Stosur will join Gauff in the main draw at the US Open after also accepting a wildcard.

The tournament begins at Flushing Meadows in New York on 26 August.

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Tsitsipas, Kyrgios Set To Renew Rivalry At Laver Cup

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Tsitsipas, Kyrgios Set To Renew Rivalry At Laver Cup

Greek and Australian to compete in September event

One of the hottest new rivalries in world tennis is set to play out in Geneva, with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios confirmed for Laver Cup 2019 in September.

World No. 7 Tsitsipas, one of tennis’ fastest-rising stars, will make his debut for Team Europe, while Kyrgios will make his third appearance for Team World.

The pair has recently forged a friendship both on and off the court, teaming up for doubles in Washington and Cincinnati, and gave fans a taste of what could become one of the sport’s great future rivalries when they met across the net in a hard-fought semi-final in Washington.

“The Laver Cup is a unique and memorable event in tennis and I can’t wait to join Team Europe in Geneva,” Tsitsipas said.

“For me personally it’s like a dream come true to be part of this incredible team, with Roger and Rafa, who I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid, along with Dom, Sascha and Fabio.

“In tennis we are always out on the court alone, it’s such an individual sport. It’s going to be a new experience for me to play on a team, especially this team of unbelievable champions, and it will be an honour to join all these legends at the Laver Cup.”

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Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg is thrilled to have the talented World No. 7 as part of what is arguably one of the best tennis teams the world has ever seen.

“I am very happy to have Stefanos join Team Europe, it’s fantastic, he has been doing so well this year and has had some spectacular results,” Borg said.

“It’s so important to bring in these exciting new, young players, the next generation, to our team, alongside our champions like Roger and Rafa Stefanos is a truly exciting young player and I know the fans will also love him.”

As one of the most passionate players – and courtside supporters – of Team World for the past two years, Nick Kyrgios is excited about the third Laver Cup in Geneva.

“I’ve always said that the Laver Cup is my favourite week of the year, and how much it means to me to get around the team and play for something bigger than just myself,” Kyrgios said.

“At the Laver Cup it’s not just about me, it’s about doing everything I can to help the other guys feel comfortable, prepare for their matches and even give them some energy from the side of the court, if that’s what needs to be done.

“We’ve had some heartbreaking losses over the past couple of years and it means the world to me to have the chance to get out there again with the team and try to get the win for Team World.”

Team World Captain John McEnroe also has his eye on the Laver Cup trophy as he prepares for Geneva.

“We all know how passionate Nick is about playing for Team World at the Laver Cup, and I’m very happy he’ll be joining us again in Geneva,” McEnroe said.

“Nick’s had some fantastic results recently and he always manages to bring his best game to this event, and he absolutely does whatever he can to support the team, both on and off the court. He’s the ultimate team player.

“Nick, like me and the rest of the team, is extremely motivated to get the win this year. We are not going to Geneva just to make up the numbers – we are going there to bring home that magnificent trophy.”

The third edition of the Laver Cup will take place at Palexpo, Geneva, from 20-22 September 2019. Team Europe hoisted the trophy at the inaugural event in Prague in 2017 and in Chicago in 2018.

Captain: Bjorn Borg
[2] Rafael Nadal
[3] Roger Federer
[4] Dominic Thiem
[6] Alexander Zverev
[7] Stefanos Tsitsipas
[10] Fabio Fognini

Captain: John McEnroe
[14] Kevin Anderson
[16] John Isner
[20] Milos Raonic
[27] Nick Kyrgios
[34] Denis Shapovalov
Final player to be named

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Schnur, Peliwo Kick Off VanOpen At Capilano Suspension Bridge

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Schnur, Peliwo Kick Off VanOpen At Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canadians visit world-famous bridge during Vancouver Challenger

This week, the summer of tennis in Canada concludes with one of the most prestigious tournaments on the calendar. The stars of the ATP Challenger Tour have descended on the Odlum Brown VanOpen, as the city of Vancouver welcomes players and fans for the 14th edition.

While the world’s best compete in ATP Masters 1000 action in Cincinnati, there is no shortage of star power on the Challenger stage in Western Canada. A total of 14 players are inside the Top 150 of the ATP Rankings, led by Ricardas Berankis, Steve Johnson and Canadian Brayden Schnur. Hyeon Chung, Ernests Gulbis and Thanasi Kokkinakis also headline the loaded draw.

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The tournament is one of the crown jewels of the Challenger circuit, with Hollyburn Country Club featuring packed stands every day and world-class amenities for the players. In 2018, the Odlum Brown VanOpen was honoured as ‘Tournament of the Year’ on the ATP Challenger Tour for a second straight season.

On Tuesday night, the celebration kicks into high gear with opening ceremonies and the award presentation. But first, players stepped away from the courts for an off-site visit to one of Vancouver’s main attractions. On Monday, Canadians Brayden Schnur and Filip Peliwo experienced the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which towers over the Capilano River and is just minutes from Hollyburn. One of the iconic sites of the city, the bridge is 140 metres (460 feet) long and draws over 1.2 million visitors per year.

“It was awesome,” said Schnur. “You don’t get to go off site very often at tournaments, so it was great to take time away from the court and experience the city of Vancouver.”

Founded in 1889, the bridge is part of a park that includes gardens, nature trails and North America’s largest collection of First Nations totem poles. It is Vancouver’s oldest paid visitor attraction.

“For me, it’s a little different because I’m from here,” said Peliwo. “I’ve been to suspension bridges before, but to come back after many years is cool. And to revisit old memories. I’m not back in Vancouver very often, so it’s good to be home.”


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Schnur, seeded third, is coming off a significant milestone in his fledgling career. The newest member of the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, he broke through on 15 July and is up to a career-high No. 95. At the age of 24, the former University of North Carolina standout is making his mark on the professional scene. In February, he reached his first ATP Tour final at the New York Open.

Peliwo, meanwhile, is just three months removed from his second Challenger final appearance. The 25-year-old advanced to the championship match in Jerusalem and is on the rise once again, pushing towards a Top 200 return. In 2017, he claimed his lone Challenger title as a qualifier in Knoxville.

Schnur and Peliwo are two of seven Canadians in the main draw at Hollyburn, also including stalwarts Peter Polansky and Vasek Pospisil. The VanOpen caps another action-packed summer of tennis in Canada, which spanned five weeks and included Challengers in Winnipeg, Gatineau and Granby, as well as the Rogers Cup, an ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal.

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Federer, Djokovic Lead Cincinnati Play Tuesday; View Preview & Schedule

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Federer, Djokovic Lead Cincinnati Play Tuesday; View Preview & Schedule

Medvedev, Isner, Dimitrov also feature on day three

World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, six-time former titlist Roger Federer, last week’s Coupe Rogers finalist Daniil Medvedev, John Isner and 2017 winner Grigor Dimitrov open their campaigns at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Tuesday, which features 11 men’s singles and five doubles matches.

Twelve months ago, Djokovic captured his first Cincinnati crown to become the first player to capture the Career Golden Masters of all nine ATP Masters 1000 trophies and he has since added the Shanghai Rolex Masters (d. Coric) and the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open (d. Tsitsipas) titles. The 33-time Masters 1000 champion shows no sign of letting up, having compiled a 35-6 record in 2019, and, almost one month on from capturing his fifth Wimbledon title, Djokovic returns to ATP Tour action fourth on Centre Court today to face Sam Querrey, who beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(2), 7-6(1) in the first round on Monday.

Three years ago, Querrey ended Djokovic’s hopes of a calendar-year Grand Slam at 2016 Wimbledon with a 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5) third-round win, which marked his second victory over the Serbian (also 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Paris) in their 10-match FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Like Djokovic, Querrey is also contesting his first tournament since last month’s grass-court major, where he reached the quarter-finals (l. to Nadal). In his 26 matches this season (17-9 record), the American has struck 422 aces and won 88 per cent of his service games.

The Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati wasn’t always a happy hunting ground for Federer, who got off to a 1-4 start, but since 2005 the Swiss superstar has put together a 45-5 record, including a tournament-record seven titles. Today, Federer opens the night session from 7:00 p.m. local time against wild card Juan Ignacio Londero, who will face a Top 10 opponent for the third time. Londero, who overcame Matteo Berrettini 7-6(3), 6-3 on Monday for his first Masters 1000 match win, comes up against a player who is 378-106 overall in the tournament series. Federer lost to Djokovic in last year’s Cincinnati final, but has since captured his fourth Miami Open presented by Itau crown (d. Isner) in March that represented his 28th Masters 1000 trophy.

For the second consecutive week, two former World No. 3s Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka meet in the first round of a Masters 1000 tournament. At last week’s Coupe Rogers in Montreal, Wawrinka got the better of Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 and now leads 3-1 on hard-court in their 10-match FedEx ATP Head2Head series (Wawrinka 6-4 overall). They open Center Court play from 11 a.m. local time.

Two Americans, 2013 finalist Isner and Frances Tiafoe, feature on Grandstand, the second show court. Isner, who is contesting his first Masters 1000 event since reaching the Miami final in March, takes on former World No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta, a qualifier, for the first time, while Tiafoe meets three-time Masters 1000 finalist and World No. 15 Gael Monfils, who is competing in Cincinnati for the first time since 2016.

Elsewhere, World No. 8 Medvedev, who has won eight of his past 10 matches — including final runs at the Citi Open in Washington D.C. (l. to Kyrgios) and last week in Montreal (l. to Nadal) — starts his title bid against Kyle Edmund. The Russian No. 1 is 38-16 on the season and already has his sights on qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.

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CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs S. Wawrinka (SUI) 

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA Match 
ATP – [WC] R. Opelka (USA) vs [12] B. Coric (CRO) 46 63 34 – To Finish
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [WC] S. Querrey (USA) 

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [3] R. Federer (SUI) vs M. Berrettini (ITA) or [WC] J. Londero (ARG) 

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA Match

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA Match 
ATP – G. Monfils (FRA) vs F. Tiafoe (USA) 
WTA Match 

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA Match

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [Q] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [13] J. Isner (USA) 

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [16] D. Goffin (BEL) vs T. Fritz (USA) 
ATP – [LL] J. Sousa (POR) vs D. Shapovalov (CAN) 
ATP – [9] D. Medvedev (RUS) vs K. Edmund (GBR) 
WTA Match 

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA Match
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA Match 
ATP – [PR] F. Lopez (ESP) / A. Murray (GBR) vs [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 
WTA Match 
ATP – H. Hurkacz (POL) vs [11] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 
ATP – J. Struff (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – F. Verdasco (ESP) vs B. Paire (FRA) 
ATP – L. Djere (SRB) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG) 
ATP – [1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / S. Tsitsipas (GRE) 
ATP – C. Garin (CHI) / B. Paire (FRA) vs R. Albot (MDA) / K. Khachanov (RUS) 

COURT 11 start 11:00 am
ATP – [Q] A. Rublev (RUS) vs [15] N. Basilashvili (GEO) 
WTA Match 
WTA Match
ATP – After Suitable Rest – A. Krajicek (USA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs G. Pella (ARG) / J. Sousa (POR) 
WTA Match

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'I'm not going backwards from here' – Murray focused on being a singles force again

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Andy Murray does not tend to sugar coat his answers.

He accepts there are reasons to be cheerful after his 6-4 6-4 defeat by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, but admits he is “quite far away from where I would like to be”.

That is to be expected after just two weeks of dedicated practice before his first singles match for seven months.

Murray will only play doubles in New York, when the US Open gets under way in a fortnight. But you can now consider him a singles player above all else once again.

A singles player who expects to be back in his peak physical condition in January: 12 months after the second operation on his right hip.

“I think nine to 12 months after the operation is when I would expect to be getting close to the best that I can be physically – and speed wise I should be fully recovered by 12 months,” Murray told BBC Sport.

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The 32-year-old regularly measures his speed around the court. Those numbers are improving, he says, but they only tell you so much.

“They have improved, but they are quite linear speeds, and repeatable tests, whereas on a match court you are changing direction and having to react to balls and anticipate.

“The way to get that back is by playing matches. You can hit as many speed targets as you like, but once you get out on court it’s very different. I don’t feel I was very slow out on the court today, but I was not as quick as I would have liked.”

Murray will decide over the next few days whether to play singles in Winston-Salem, in North Carolina next week. He will then have plenty of opportunity to practise his singles during the US Open before he heads in September to China, where he tends to play well.

Appearances in Zhuhai and Beijing are already in the diary, with the possibility of adding Shanghai to his schedule the week after. There are then three further weeks of tournaments in Europe before the regular season comes to an end.

“I’m certainly not going to go backwards from here,” Murray says.

“Every time I’ve practised singles so far, it’s all just been practice sets because I was trying to get back on the match court.

“But once you actually get out there and start playing you realise, ‘Wow,’ my return needs to get better; I need to improve my serve. I need to get myself on the practice court and work on those things specifically.”

It will take Murray some time. It is not just that he has missed seven months this year.

He was only able to play six events in the preceding 18 months (on a hip that was still not fit for purpose), and even the very best need a considerable period to regain that match sharpness after such an age away from the tour.

Even if they are not playing with a resurfaced metal hip.

“It will be exciting and interesting to see how I get on,” Murray concluded.

“It’s not something that’s been tried or done before in tennis. Hopefully if it goes well it will be an option for more athletes down the line.”

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Kyrgios: 'This Makes Me Happy'

  • Posted: Aug 13, 2019

Kyrgios: ‘This Makes Me Happy’

Aussie reflective after advancing to second round in Cincinnati

Nick Kyrgios consistently participates in kids’ clinics as he travels the world on the ATP Tour. At the Citi Open, the ATP 500 tournament he won two weeks ago, the Aussie spent a lot of time playing ping pong with any and all challengers.

And after defeating Italian Lorenzo Sonego on Monday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Kyrgios handed a young girl behind his bench a signed ball, her mouth left agape with happiness. Kyrgios saw the moment on Twitter shortly thereafter and commented, “This makes me happy”.

“I have always been pretty nice to, I feel, generally to people and to kids. I have been doing kids clinics for Tennis Australia when I was young. I was just brought up like that, to be honest. I don’t care if you’re a CEO of a company or a janitor,” Kyrgios said. “I’m going to speak to you the same way. I love doing [clinics]. I think that’s what it’s about. It’s about giving kids belief that they can be in this position one day.”

Kyrgios certainly put on a show for the kids and everyone in attendance at this ATP Masters 1000 tournament, even taking a bow after a stab backhand volley in the second set against Sonego. The Italian got in on the fun as well during his last service game, winning an epic point that featured a Kyrgios tweener before trying to rally the crowd to his side.

“I think they are just super excited to play me, honestly. I think they definitely want to beat me,” Kyrgios said. “He was having a lot of fun out there. That point was awesome. And to see him having a lot of fun, I don’t think that’s a normal occasion for him in his matches.”

Although Kyrgios did not face a break point, it was not an easy match. Up until 5-5 in the opener, Sonego was unblemished on serve, too. But a quick drop in level was all it took to give the Aussie the break in the first set. The same held true in the second set. Otherwise, Sonego was going after his shots and holding his own.

“I feel like when guys play me they go out there and try and play their best level,” Kyrgios said. “They try and keep things on their racquet and redline.”

Bringing the best out of your opponents because of the atmosphere of a match might not always be the best idea. But it’s something that Kyrgios enjoys.

“Honestly I wish they’d just roll over and it was a 6-1, 6-1 job,” Kyrgios said, smiling. “No, it’s a lot of fun. Obviously just from that match I can see his strengths, his first serve and his forehand, looks to run around and dictate… I think the strengths of all my opponents come out when they play me. That’s pretty cool.”

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In the next round, Kyrgios will face one of the biggest hitters on the ATP Tour in Karen Khachanov, who made the semi-finals last week at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

“I’m going to try to keep things on my own terms, but again, I’m not going to think about it,” Kyrgios said. “I have some doubles tomorrow with the birthday boy. See how it goes.”

Kyrgios is partnering reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas on the doubles court for the second time. And just like they did at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., the Australian-Greek tandem will face top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the first round. Monday is Tsitsipas’ birthday, too.

“I actually didn’t get him a present. I didn’t know until I saw it on Twitter this morning, but I don’t know. I might get him something small tomorrow,” Kyrgios said, before cracking a smile. “Maybe a shoelace or something.” Read More: Stefanos Seeks A Better Paire

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