Nick Kyrgios made the most of his first match back on tour in 11 months with 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Alexandre Muller of France at the Murray River Open being played on the Australian Open grounds.
Kyrgios, who last played in Acapulco in February 2020, cracked 22 aces to pace a win.
When I lost the first set I never really panicked,” said Kyrgios. “I was actually just still finding my feet honestly. I actually thought I was serving reasonably well. I wasn’t serving anywhere near my best. I wasn’t playing anywhere near my best. But I thought my attitude was okay. I kept that pretty calm.
“I’m actually happy the way I dealt with it and I just drew from experience. I was nice to myself. I was like, ‘Look, you lost a set, your first set back and you’re playing a guy who has nothing to lose really’. He came out swinging. I actually think that he would have beaten a fair few guys in the draw today. All around, just believed, really.”
Kyrgios did seek treatment on his knee, so that’s a concern. He’ll now face countryman Harry Bourchier today in the second round.
Kyrgios later fell in the doubles with Matt Reid to the American team of Nick Monroe and Frances Tiafoe.
On Wednesday, top seed Stan Wawrinka debuts against Mikhail Kukushkin along with matches featuring Grigor Dimitrov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
In the Great Ocean Road Open, Americans Sam Querrey and Tennys Sandgren got in the win column along with Robin Haase and 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz who gained a retirement from Atilla Balasz.
Today at the GOR, Alcaraz will face No. 1 seed David Goffin. Karen Khachanov and Reilly Opelka also debut.
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