Nick Kyrgios Coming Of Age In Marseille, Blows Past Berdych To Reach Final Against Marin Cilic
by Sean Randall | February 20th, 2016, 4:42 pm

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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8 Comments for Nick Kyrgios Coming Of Age In Marseille, Blows Past Berdych To Reach Final Against Marin Cilic

chofer Says:

Kyrgios is the most novel talent since McEnroe and Mecir combined, and his temper reminds me of the former in the most annoying way possible. YES, I do know there is som RF who’s sublime talented. But Roger is Sampras-like talented. I mean novel talent as somebody who’s unorthodox as oppose to classic. Kyrgios is THAT kind of talent. His hands are as soft as McEnroe’s and his moves are as deceptive as Mecir’s. Period. If he keep his mouth shut and head cold, he will gain fans as well as Slams. If not, he’ll burn out.

Wog Boy Says:

He should settle down with his new girlfriend, Ajla Tomljanovic and concentrate on his tennis:

Van Persie Says:

Congrats to Kyrgios for his first title . Well done

Margot Says:

Wow! Has Nick The Kid finally decided to play some tennis!
Heavens to Betsy!

jane Says:

congrats to kyrgios. he and thiem may be on the way this year, breaking through, winning some titles.

Margot Says:

It’s about time isn’t it jane? Was Kei the last player to “break through?” And Dimi is still bashing his head against that ole glass ceiling.

jane Says:

margot, i guess the last set was kei, raonic, grigor… but the first 2 have been riddled with injuries and grigor is a head case. we’ll soon see how this next group of young ones does. something tells me that they are the real thing.

Robin Says:

My view is kei and grigor (especially) kei, have already shown their best. Raonic – while I feel I ought to be more positive about him, I seriously see him as a (1) watch out for him as he can bring it if top opponent on a less than determined mode; but (2) will never be a consistently excellent player like the current top 5.

None of us with a crystal bowl but this is my best at a seriously considered comment.

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