Nick Kyrgios wins over  Thanasi Kokkinakis

Nick Kyrgios wins over  Thanasi Kokkinakis

Australian Nick Kyrgios overcame his despair at seeing dear friend Thanasi Kokkinakis on the other side of the net on Monday, outclassing his compatriot 6-3 6-4 7-6(4) in the first round of the U.S. Open.

The doubles partners won together at the Australian Open but landed on opposite sides at the year's final major, where an in-form Kyrgios kept his sublime year on track, never facing a break at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the battle of the "Special Ks


"Probably one of the most uncomfortable matches I've played in my career," Kyrgios, 27, told reporters. "I feel like we both had a game plan. We know our games so well. From the get-go, I was trying to block out his body and just play the tennis ball. I was really trying not to look at him at all. I felt like that kind of helped me." are the words said by Nick.

Kyrgios didn’t flatter to deceive even with his second serves, garnering 79 percent of points from them. He also churned out 13 aces, although his opponent was ahead of him with 14 aces. Kyrgios produced 41 winners compared to Kokkinakis’s 30 and that became a major difference in the context of the game. In fact, Kyrgios finished off the match with a service winner. Kyrgios made two more unforced errors than Kokkinakis, but it hardly bothered him much during the match.

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