The controversial Nick Kyrgios called him home event, the Australian Open, just another tournament, citing that the tennis is much more than just January.
“At the end of the day, I know even if I lose first round here, there’s a long year ahead. Obviously I’d love to do well here, but for me it’s just another tournament,” Kygios said.
“I’m not going to say quarterfinals, semifinals, anything like that. I just want to take it one round at a time. Everyone started the year hungry. They can play great quality tennis. I don’t want to look ahead at all. I want to take care of business one round at a time.:
But the 22-year-old comes in with added expectations having just won the Brisbane title. And with so many of the top nursing injuries, perhaps he’s just trying to take the pressure off.
“I probably feel a bit better this time around,” Kyrgios said of he feels now compared to other Slams. “I feel relaxed. Obviously winning a tournament before you play a Grand Slam always helps.
“I feel for me there’s pressure wherever I go. I’m expected to win a lot of matches. No matter if I’m here, Wimbledon, US Open, it’s the same for me.”
Kyrgios also said an earlier knee issue has been resolved.
“My knee feel goods,” he said. “My physio flew in, so I’ve had him for the last two, three days. I’ve had the luxury of getting treated in my room at my hotel. Haven’t been spending too much time around the courts. I’ve been kind of doing my practice, getting out of here, and just relaxing. So it’s been good.”
Kyrgios opens play Monday against Rogerio Dutra Silva on his favorite court, Hisense.
“Hisense here is my favorite court here,” he said. “I’ve been hitting on Rod Laver the last couple days. Just to get out there without the crowd watching, it’s been a bit different feel. But I definitely feel more confident on that court now.
“I played a lot of matches and won a lot of matches on that court. Obviously that match in the fourth round against Seppi when I made it to the quarterfinals, ever since then, I’ve kind of tried to make that memory happen again. I definitely feel comfortable on Hisense Arena.”
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