NICK Kyrgios announced himself on the world stage when he defeated Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year,today’s win over Roger Federer put a big exclamation point on that announcement.
Chris Chase writing for the USA Today proclaimed Nick Kyrgios ‘the future of tennis’.
“In a sport where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and, occasionally, Andy Murray suck up all the air, making it impossible for anyone else to break through except for two random Grand Slam wins by Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic, the brash, 20-year-old Aussie seems primed to make the leap as the next big thing. There’s always a talk about who will be the next No. 1. Kei Nishikori probably leads the betting now. But why not Kyrgios? He’s got the serve, the return and the confidence. Now he’s getting the experience.”
“Of course, sports are littered with the disappointments of ‘next Jordans’ or ‘next Federers’ or ‘next Mannings’” writes Chase.
“But Kyrgios feels like he won’t be one of those athletes who never was.
Maybe it’s the cool-kid haircut, gold chain or the tendency to use decidedly non-tennis language or demeanour on the tennis court, but Kyrgios stands out. And best of all, none of that flair seems to distract from the workmanlike way he goes about his business on court.”
Joshua Hayward of Eurosport dubbed Kyrgios a whirlwind that has shown he is a force to be reckoned with on clay.
“Roger Federer became the latest member of the “Big Four” to get sucked up by a whirlwind called Nick Kyrgios as the Australian tyro sent the Swiss top seed spinning out of the Madrid Masters in the second round on Wednesday.
Ten months after the then 144th-ranked Kyrgios overwhelmed Rafa Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth round with a fearless brand of tennis, the Australian showed that he is also a force to be reckoned with on clay.”
Barry Flatman at The Times writes that when it mattered Nick Kyrgios showed the composure required to become the next men’s superstar.
“Regardless of Nick Kyrgios’s win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last summer, many doubted his potential to become the next men’s superstar. As if to verify his credentials, the young Australian added Roger Federer to his conquests at the Mutua Madrid Open last night.
“I think this is the greatest win of my career,” said Kyrgios, who has been limited to 16 matches this year after suffering back and ankle injuries. “For me, he [Federer] is the best player ever, but I never felt intimidated and I knew if I served well I would keep giving myself chances.”
Kyrgios, the world No 35 and the youngest player in the top 50, was as good as his word, cracking 21 aces past his opponent. There were times when he showed immaturity, such as in a first-set tirade against Mohamed Lahyani, the umpire, after a poor line call was overruled. But when the match became increasingly tense, the youngster was admirable in his composure.”