Nick Kyrgios ‘feeling rejuvenated’ as he vows to ‘keep his head down and stay positive’

Nick Kyrgios at a post-match press interview

He has chalked up three impressive wins at the BNP Paribas Open, but Nick Kyrgios is far from done as he is determined to “keep moving forward”.

Kyrgios has slumped to outside the world top 120 after playing only a handful of tournaments since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

However, he has started this campaign well as he took Daniil Medvedev to four sets at the Australian Open while he also teamed up with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis to win the doubles at their home Grand Slam.

After a few weeks on the sidelines, he made his return to singles at Indian Wells and finds himself in the fourth round after three straight-set wins.

He dropped only eight games during his wins over Sebastian Paez and Federico Delbonis in the first two rounds and followed it up with a brilliant 6-4, 6-4 victory over eighth seed Casper Ruud.

“I know what I’m capable of. I think everyone does as well. It’s whether I put my mind to it,” he said. “I feel rejuvenated. I just feel like I’m here, I’m happy, and I’m just ready to give my all every match.

“I’ve played three pretty solid players who have been playing on a lot of confidence and I’ve won three matches in straight sets. Now there are 16 players left, playing at the top of their game. This is where you want to be, and I just want to keep moving forward, keep my head down and stay positive.”

Up next is 10th seed Jannik Sinner in the round of 16 with the winner projected to face fourth seed Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final. However, 21-time Grand Slam winner Nadal will need to get past big-serving American Reilly Opelka first.