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Nick Kyrgios beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at Cincinnati Masters

  • Nick Kyrgios beats Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-4.
  • Australian has won all 11 of his first-round matches so far this season.
  • He will now play his good friend Taylor Fritz, who beat Sebastian Baez.

Nick Kyrgios beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-4, on Tuesday at the ATP/WTA Cincinnati Masters. This was his last big tune-up for the US Open.

The Australian won 29 points, 10 of which were aces, and broke the Spaniard’s serve three times to move on to the second round.

Kyrgios, who is ranked 28th, has won all 11 of his first-round matches this season. He also won his 22nd match since coming back to the ATP in June after skipping the clay season.

Now he has to play his good friend Taylor Fritz, who beat Sebastian Baez 6-1, 6-1.

Kyrgios said, “Physically, I didn’t feel the best, but you have to keep pushing, keep trying,”

“Alejandro’s a hell of a player, he’s got a lot of shots at his disposal. I had to serve well and dictate,” the Montreal quarter-finalist aded.

“It was tricky conditions out there, the courts are a lot more lively than Montreal, it was harder to control the ball.”

Kyrgios won the first set after 50 minutes. In the penultimate game, after a break, he served two winners in a row to win the set.

He got a break right away to start the second set, but he lost it three games later when Davidovich Fokina tied it at 2-2. The unhappy Australian kept yelling at his three-person support box as he lost the break.

Kyrgios came right back with a love break to regain control at 3-2, and he won the match on his second match point after 91 minutes.

It was a happy return for Kyrgios to Cincinnati, where he had a meltdown in 2019 and broke two racquets in the locker room after losing to Karen Khachanov. He was fined a record $113,000.

After his win on Tuesday, Kyrgios talked about his troubled past at the tournament.

“I’ve played some amazing tennis here and had some crazy outbursts,” he said.

“It’s a flip of the coin as to which Kyrgios shows up here.

“Hopefully this time around it’s just a calm, collected — I just want to have a good week before I continue on the good habits and give myself all the best for preparation for the US Open.

“I have been an emotional kind of tennis player my entire career. Ever since I picked up a racquet, my mum used to watch me throw tantrums and cry on the court and be emotional when I lost.

“That’s just me showing that I do care about the result – I think that’s important.”

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