Still just 20, Nick Kyrgios is making it clear that despite all of his antics he’s in this sport to become the best. And right now he’s on that path.
Earlier today the brash Australian continued his impressive week in Marseille destroying Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to reach his second career final. The win comes after he had hammered Richard Gasquet 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals the day before.
Beating Berdych is always a decent win for a younger, lower ranked player. But to blow him out indoors the way he did is quite a feat. And he got revenge for losing to him in Australia – that’s just as notable.
Kyrgios kept his mouth shut and let his game do the talking, blasting serves (he’s only lost three points on first serve in his last two matches and has yet to drop serve this week), smashing winners and both wings and even showing some smarts.
Everything is there, it’s just his attitude that’s worrisome.
And I like his chances tomorrow against former US Open Marin Cilic who edged Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in his semi. Cilic, who beat Kyrgios back at the 2013 French, plays similar to Berdych, just not as flat and not quite with the same force. But Kyrgios is just in too good of form, though the kid could tighten up as he goes for his first career title.
I’ve said this before, you might not like Kyrgios and his behavior (and I can’t blame you), but as long as he keeps his head he’s going to be battling for Grand Slam titles for the next decade.
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