EM – ‘Excited’ Kyrgios cruises to arrange Medvedev meeting

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The crowd in his palm, “Kyrgios Court”, once again reached fever pitch for the return of their capricious host.

Nick Kyrgios acted like a conductor and orchestrated his fans on Tuesday night as the 26-year-old ignited his campaign for the 2022 Australian Open.
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The show gets even better as Act Two will face off against Kyrgios as world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.

It’s a match that should be spoiled with plenty of shots and lots of mind games. Kyrgios, with his boast of Tuesday’s 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over Liam Broady at the John Cain Arena, is ready to use his full repertoire against the US Open champion.

That’s it the kind of challenge Kyrgios can really get into to disrupt the narrative of favorites and title contenders.

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“Obviously it’s going to be a great experience for me either way. He’s probably ‘the’ best player in the world right now. I’m looking forward to this moment. That’s why I’m playing the game,” admitted the world No. 1 to .115.

“It was always something I wanted to prove to people that someone like me could win these games. I won’t go into this with great expectation. I’m gonna go out there, have some fun, play my game I have a pretty solid plan of what I need to do to be successful.

“He’s a hard worker, ticks all the boxes. Playing on John Cain (Arena) would be – I’ll just call it the Kyrgios Court – would be fun.”

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Kyrgios, who last savored a win in Atlanta in July, was back in his element on the home courts.

Some skillful handwork meant he put his ear to the crowd from the very first game Persuaded locals to take part and signaled “my house”.

The atmosphere just exploded after Kyrgios hit a forearm tweener serve to cement his instant break. Six aces in two games, he was red hot, wore a red vest and never looked back on a full performance.

“I think that’s something I created on this pitch. You know what to expect” , said Kyrgios.

“I think I know from the start that I have the audience in my hands and I can always use that to ignite some energy.

“Obviously Liam is a great player but his experience on this court in this situation when the crowd is going crazy is something he’s never had before, hence the reason I’m trying at break points to shake up the crowd to get him, the Pressure to feel a bit more.”

It’s a cunning trick by Kyrgios and he has to repeat his conducting against Medvedev.

His ability to sidestep world No. 128 Broady was a first win in six months, his first competitive game since the US Open. After being bedridden by Covid a week ago, it was a commendable performance in his 2022 opener.

“Obviously a lot of nerves, a lot of pressure,” he admitted.

“When I heard the news that I was positive, I knew what that was going to lead to, the week of quarantine, and not having the ideal preparation, not getting a physical therapist, not getting treatment.

“I’m pretty happy with the way I responded. It was pretty flawless, everything I could control, serve, attitude, all the non-negotiable things, I did great.”

This is the response of a very content person, speaking and playing carefree.

“I have to go back, have dinner with my team and not take small moments like this for granted. I love to just come back to my Airbnb and enjoy some time with them,” said the protégé of the house.

“Tomorrow I have a couple of doubles. I’ll just go with the flow. I don’t plan. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter to me at the moment. If I cross that bridge, play Daniil, if I go there, then I’ll take care of it.”

Whether at Kyrgios Court or not, expect another show.

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