Nick Kyrgios is a unique phenomenon in the world of tennis. His skill has never been questioned, but his access to tennis is. However, when he actually plays tennis and on his own day, he is able to oppose even the best in the world.
And today he definitely had it. One of, we can freely say, the best in his career. In the second round of the tournament in Miami, Nick Kyrgios practically swept Andrey Rublev off the field in just 52 minutes - 2: 0 (6: 3, 6: 0).
The Australian tennis player is playing in terrible shape this year. In 2022, he won seven of nine matches, each without losing a set. He suffered the only two defeats from Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open and Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells, two finalists of the mentioned tournaments.
Both belong to the cream of white sports. At this moment, the same should apply to Rublev, because he is still the seventh racket in the world, but it was not the Russian who did not justify it on the field. Moreover, he failed miserably.
And that is why, as a punishment, the fastest defeat in his career, as fast as the one from seven years ago against Stanislas Wawrinka in Chennai. True, Rublev started better, he made a break in the third game of the first set, but from that moment on, there was only one tennis player on the court - Kyrgios.
The Australian quickly managed to return the break, then for the second time in a row he took the opponent's service game and routinely brought the set to an end. The second was already routine.
Kyrgios on Rublev
Rublev was far below his usual level.
The percentage of the first serve was disastrous for him (55 percent), as well as the percentage of points won for his second serve (21 percent!), He returned quite poorly. However, the scattered Kyrgios did not give him a chance to spread.
The Australian tied seven games won and won the second set with - zero. For placement in the third round and re-entry among the top 100. "He started very well, but you know how in tennis the momentum changes very easily with a few points, and when I made a double break I started to feel better.
In the last few months I have been returning very well. I am happy with my game. I play against players from the Top 10, 20 or 1000, I don't care. I can lose to anyone every day and I also win at any time. That's the story throughout my career.
I'm just happy to have gone further," Kyrgios said In the third round, he is expected by the experienced Italian Fabio Fognini,