Yoshito Nishioka‘s run in Washington only found a conclusion at the foot of victory. The Japanese tennis player predictably slammed against Nick Kyrgios, reborn with the final at the Championships and trivially a completely new player compared to the one we fell in love with and hated at the same time.
Nishioka, who before the 500 in Washington had never even passed the quarter-finals in a major circuit tournament, was amazed by the body language of the Australian talent and above all by the bewildered management in the most delicate moments of the match.
Elements, now, that seem to distinguish Kyrgios, more and more at ease in the chaos. “In difficult situations he talks, he talks a lot. Yet he always manages to stay focused and do the right thing on the court. I think at the moment he also has a tremendous desire to win and that his mentality has improved a lot over the last few years.”
Nishioka: “Nick Kyrgios has a tremendous desire to win!”
He then added: “The hardest thing against him is reading the serve: I think he has the best serve on the Tour and I also think he’s the hardest player ever to break.
He moves well from the baseline and after the first shot he always manages to set the exchange at will. His is an absolutely complete game.” After the triumphal interlude in the Capitoline city, the Japanese tennis player, who has obtained a Special Exempt and can therefore start directly from the main draw, will face Benoit Paire with a view on Felix Auger Aliassime , number six of seeding and obviously landlord.
For Kyrgios, on the other hand, the non-trivial challenge with Sebastian Baez. Last season the Australian talent had remedied four consecutive defeats against a single victory, moreover in the ATP 250 in Atlanta against Lloyd Harris.
Twelve months later we are basically talking about a player who with the almost absolute absence of Djokovic in New York and the uncertain physical condition of Nadal falls within the very restricted circle of favorites.
Now Nick Kyrgios will have also a lifetime chance to ger something good in the last moast awaited Slam of tghe season, the US Open in New York.