ATP wrap: Nick Kyrgios wins in Atlanta and Dominic Thiem dominant in Hamburg
Nick Kyrgios made a blistering start to his campaign in Atlanta, dismissing Noah Rubin in under an hour.
The Australian won 83% of of his service points as he eased to a 7-5 6-2 success, but the match was perhaps most notable for him mimicking the service motions of some ATP Tour rivals early on.
Kyrgios imitated the serving motions of Gael Monfils, Ivo Karlovic and Roger Federer in a bizarre spectacle.
— BB&T Atlanta Open (@BBTatlantaopen) July 27, 2018
“At times I get a little bit bored,” he admitted. “I try to keep myself stimulated.”
“I always feel comfortable playing here, the court suits my game style.
“If you’re playing well and you’re seeing the ball well and you’re serving well, it’s tough to lose here.”
He’ll face Cameron Norrie next after he came from behind to beat Jeremy Chardy 5-7 6-4 6-4.
Marcos Baghdatis cruised past a struggling Frances Tiafoe, and Matthew Ebdon downed Donald Young.
In Hamburg, top seed Dominic Thiem was far too good for John Milman.
10th quarter-final of 2018 for @ThiemDomi 🙌
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) July 26, 2018
The Austrian raced out of the blocks to easily overpower Milman 6-2 6-2 to reach his tenth quarter-final of the season.
Pablo Carreno Busta is also through after Aljaz Bedene was forced to retire hurt from their match, but 2013 finalist Pablo Cuevas has been eliminated.
The top seed in Gstaad, meanwhile, Fabio Fognini, has been dumoed out of the competition by Jurgen Zopp.
Borna Coric fared no better either, crashing out to Laslo Djere.
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