Nick Kyrgios reveals the secrets to his success after stunning surge in form
He has long been hailed as one of the most gifted players on the ATP Tour, yet there has also been an assumption that Nick Kyrgios was destined to end his career without making the most of his talents.
That pessimistic theory is being put to the test in 2022, after Kyrgios won the Australian Open doubles title with his pal Thanasi Kokkinakis in January and his fine form in the ATP 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami.
Showing a level of maturity and patience on court that has so often been lacking for Kyrgios over the course of his colourful career and now he has revealed the two big reasons why he is enjoying a run of fine results.
After hammering world No 7 Andrey Rublev in just 52 minutes in the second round of the Miami Open, he backed that up with a thumping win against Fabio Fognini.
Now he has suggested his decision to play doubles with Kokkinakis at the Australian Open was central to his current form, as well as a balanced mind.
“I don’t give enough credit to doubles,” stated Kyrgios. “That’s helped me a lot, and Thanasi as well. We’re both returning a lot better on the singles court.
“The way I’m serving, the way I’m returning and working the points and competing, it’s quite a sight to see.
“Mentally, I feel the best I’ve probably ever felt, to be honest… I’m seeming to find that balance at the moment, and I’m happy.”
Former British No 1 Tim Henman is among those who has been impressed by the new-look Kyrgios, who is back in the world’s top 100 of the ATP rankings and appears to be playing at a level that would ensure he would be a test for most players at the top of the game.
“Not only was his tennis of a really high standard I thought mentally he kept his composure really well. It was mature, professional, calculated,” Henman told Amazon Prime after his win against Fognini. “He’ll be extremely pleased with his progress so far.”
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