Nick Kyrgios helps team Australia get off to a great start at the Davis Cup. His singles win is key after an early exit at Melbourne Park.
Nick Kyrgios defeats Jan Satral, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
The singles win gives team Australia an early lead against the Czech Republic. Kyrgios also gets a boost of momentum, bouncing back after his early exit from the Australian Open last month.
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The world No. 15 was in need of a victory.
He delivered a stellar performance against Santral. Coming off of a rough time at Melbourne Park, Kyrgios proved that he is still focused on winning.
The singles win gives Australia a 2-0 lead over the Czech team. A win would pit them against either team USA or Switzerland.
Jordan Thompson, who is making his Davis Cup debut, also delivered a win for team Australia. The young tennis player won his singles match in straight sets to help the team to an early lead.
Kyrgios is coming off of an Australian Open where he was defeated by Andreas Seppi in the round of 64. The loss was tough given it being at the first Grand Slam tournament of 2017 and it happening on his home turf. The young Australian tennis player has been criticized over the past year for his lack of effort and overall focus when it comes to the sport. Seeing him perform well at the Davis Cup would be a sign that Kyrgios is still aiming to be a contender in 2017.
“There were some pre-match nerves. I haven’t played that many matches in 2017. It’s never easy playing a guy you don’t know that well. He had nothing to lose.” – Kyrgios
Going into the match, Nick Kyrgios knew that a win would do well do alleviate concerns surrounding his game. Still though, with 2017 just getting started, anything can happen this time of year. He came through, however, to give Australia the edge over the Czech Republic.
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