By Ben Glover30 Aug 2021 23:31
Nick Kyrgios faces a immense situation to enactment live beyond time 1 successful the US Open, with the Australian prima facing disconnected against Spanish satellite No.21 Roberto Bautista Agut.
Kyrgios and Bautista Agut person played doubly successful the past, some connected hard courts, and person divided their encounters. However, erstwhile they past faced disconnected the Aussie was humbled successful the 2020 ATP Cup successful Sydney, going down 6-1 6-4 successful beforehand of a parochial location crowd.
The Aussie prima has hardly played implicit the past 18 months, with his ranking dropping to 86, yet helium showed astatine Wimbledon that he's inactive susceptible of elite tennis, astatine slightest successful abbreviated bursts.
At Wimbledon Kyrgios was successful power of his 3rd circular lucifer against rising prima Felix Auger-Aliassime, destroying the 21-year-old 6-2 successful the archetypal acceptable but it rapidly became wide that helium was struggling severely with an abdominal wounded and could hardly widen his limb supra his caput to serve.
He bravely fought done the 2nd set, dropping it 6-1 earlier quitting.
However the gruelling quality of his lucifer with Humbert, combined with his deficiency of hardness and conditioning, yet brought him undone with his assemblage failing him against Auger-Aliassime.
Clearly determination is inactive a immense question people implicit his conditioning, making Bautista Agut a nightmare match-up owed to his grinding, metronomic style.
Kyrgios volition measurement retired onto Louis Armstrong Stadium astatine astir 10.30am (AEST), putting him connected tribunal successful premier clip successful New York, wherever helium volition beryllium a beardown assemblage favourite against 1 of the astir nonrecreational players connected the circuit.
It looms arsenic a must-watch.