Young Nick Krygios picked up one the biggest wins of his career beating tennis great Roger Federer 67(2), 76(5), 76(12) in the second round at the Madrid Open today.
“I thought I served remarkably well throughout the match and that what kept me in it,” said the 20-year-old Kyrgios who saved three matchpoints in the thriller.
“I know that he’s the greatest, so I knew before the match I had to play one of the greatest matches I’ve ever played,” Kyrgios said. “So I wasn’t intimidated at all, I have a lot of respect for him.”
Kyrgios hit the spotlight last summer stunning Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Now he beats his idol in what he calls an even bigger win.
“I think this is definitely my greatest win of my career so far,” he said. “It doesn’t really feel real at the moment. I didn’t feel as if I was playing out there, it almost felt as if I was just watching.”
Kyrgios, who just made the Estoril final last Sunday, now faces American big man John Isner tomorrow in the third round.
He is ranked No. 35 but will move even higher, assuring himself his first Grand Slam seeding later this month at the French Open.
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