‘I would love to do nicely. I am not going to mention quarter-finals, semi-finals, anything else like that’
IMAGE: Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts throughout a information convention forward of the Australian Open. : Thomas Peter/Reuters
An upbeat however calm Nick Kyrgios heads into the Australian Open feeling assured about his psychological sport and prepared to stay a degree head in the course of the season after a ‘roller-coaster’ experience in 2017.
The 22-year-old Australian clinched his fourth identify on the lead-up Brisbane World, easing issues over a hard hip whilst elevating pleasure ranges about his possibilities at his house grand slam.
It’s been an encouraging get started for Kyrgios, who has all the time struggled to regulate his feelings whilst wielding some of the devastating video games at the ATP Excursion.
After claiming 3 titles in an encouraging 2016, closing season had its moments, and he confirmed spectacular shape throughout the ‘Sunshine Swing’ in North The usa, beating Novak Djokovic two times and pushing Roger Federer to the wall in a vintage ultimate on the Masters 1000 event in Miami.
However the yr was once in large part deflating, as he was once bundled out early from the grand slams whilst combating hip issues via maximum of them.
“I believe closing yr there have been classes the place I used to be actually excellent and actually unhealthy,” he advised newshounds at Melbourne Park on Saturday.
“However on the finish of the day, I simply wish to are aware of it’s a protracted yr. I will’t burn up an excessive amount of power, , on different issues.”
“I wish to roughly experience the highs, now not as top as I normally do. If I lose a fit, on the finish of the day it is a tennis fit.”
“I roughly wish to stay it even-keeled right through the entire yr slightly than being the sort of roller-coaster experience.”
Incessantly in scorching water for his on-court habits and every now and then abrasive along with his off-court manner, Kyrgios has polarised house enthusiasts raised on a nutrition of never-say-die grand slam champions like Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter.
Sections of the Melbourne Park crowd jeered him as he suffered a meltdown to lose to Andreas Seppi in 5 units in the second one spherical closing yr.
Two years sooner than they have been chanting his identify in adulation when he downed the Italian to succeed in the quarter-finals on the opening grand slam of the season.
Pundits have tipped 17th seed Kyrgios, who opens in opposition to unheralded Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva, to head deep on this event however the Australian trotted out the well-worn cliche of “one sport at a time.”
“I would love to do nicely. I am not going to mention quarter-finals, semi-finals, anything else like that,” he mentioned.
“Everybody began the yr hungry. They are able to play nice high quality tennis. I do not wish to glance forward in any respect.”