Andy Murray held his nerve to overcome hotshot Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 and book his spot in the second round of the US Open on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old Kyrgios was at his usual best, showing off his skills and tricks but failed to take advantage of his countless opportunities, as he huffed and puffed to break Murray’s game.
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Murray, on the other hand, played straight to the Australian, who tried unnecessary “tweener” shots through his legs and showboats on routine forehands instead of hitting them right.
To make matters worse, Kyrgios only completed three of his 14 break point chances, which gave Murray the upper hand.
“He’s unpredictable, he can play all of the shots and he’s a fantastic athlete,” Murray said in an on-court interview with ESPN. “It was a very tricky match and i just fought hard to get through.”
It’s to be noted that Australian Kyrgios was playing under an ATP Tour probation for rude comments made to Stan Wawrinka during a match in Montreal last month.
Third-seeded Murray will next face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who beat Russian Konstantin Kravchuk 7-6, 6-4, 6-1.