Tired Nick Kyrgios ready to face Daniil Medvedev at Jarry Tennis Center

The Aussie is on a roll, winning 13 of his last 14 matches. His only loss was to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.


Nick Kyrgios said he is giving the fans what they want at the National Bank Open on Wednesday afternoon: a showdown with top seed Daniil Medvedev.

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“I know that physically and mentally I am not as fresh as I would like,” Kyrgios said Tuesday after defeating Argentina’s Sebastian Baez 6-4, 6-4.

Kyrgios said he was tired after sweeping the singles and doubles titles at the Citi Open in Washington last week, but noted that Medvedev was also coming off a title week in Los Cabos and “I think he’s going to feel a little tired. expect.”

Krygios is on a roll, winning 13 of his last 14 matches. His only loss was to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.

The 27-year-old Australian said he has tried to reinvent himself this year.

“Just before the Australian Open, I decided I wanted to train really hard, have a really good year,” Kyrgios said. “I wanted to remind everyone that I am a very good tennis player and that I can still play at the highest level and win tournaments. From now on I just want to continue with my good habits and keep playing tennis.

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“I’m going to have a good rest tonight, good physio, and I’m going to do my best,” Kyrgios added. “Hopefully the weather can be a little warmer than today so the balls can be a little faster. I’m going to go out and have fun and try to play the best I can. Not a bad result if you lose to Medvedev. Most of the world does.”

Kyrgios said his new dedication isn’t easy.

“It takes a lot of work to try to wake up every day with a positive mindset,” he said. “I don’t have a coach to take me to train. So I have to get up, organize my training, go to the tennis courts, go to the gym. I have to make an effort. But it’s just an amount of discipline. I’m sure everyone on tour, but for me personally, I’m training three, four, five hours a day, making sure I’m getting plenty of rest and eating right.

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“It’s hard because even traveling now, my mom is in the hospital right now, my dad hasn’t been too good, my brother just had a baby, and I can’t be there with my family when normal people would like. be with them

“It’s hard being from Australia because we can’t travel from one place to another,” he added. “There are many things that people do not see. They just see me winning, losing, throwing a racket, doing those things. They don’t really understand the challenges I’m facing or what people are facing on tour, what’s going on in their personal lives.”

Yoshihito Nishioka, who lost to Kyrgios in the Washington final, beat qualifier Benoit Paire of France 6-2, 6-3 and will face Montreal’s sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday. They will begin the afternoon session at 6:30.

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The ninth-seeded Cameron Norrie defeated Brandon Nakashima of the USA 6-4, 6-4. Norrie defeated Auger-Aliassime in the semifinal in Los Cabos and they could be headed for a rematch in the third round.

Taylor Fritz, the US’s 10th seed, had no problem with three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray. winning 6-1, 6-3. Diego Schwartzman, the 12th seed from Argentina, recovered to beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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