Nick Kyrgios is all set to start his season at the Australian Open. The Aussie No. 1 had injury concerns that forced him to withdraw from Tour events. Set to begin his season at the 2023 United Cup an injury pushed his plans. He will instead begin his campaign at the Grand Slam event directly.
He had a brilliant outing in Melbourne Park last year. Although he lost in the second round in singles, he went on to win the Doubles title. Partnering with childhood buddy Thanasi Kokkinakis, the ‘Special K’s’ became crowd favorites and deservingly won their maiden Major title.
As he prepares for the 2023 Australian Open, Kyrgios was full of confidence and prepared to take on the best of the best.
“I am one of the best players in the world, so I’m definitely going to go into the Australian Open, any tournament, with confidence. It’s a bit different this time around [with me] being one of the favorites. Usually, I’m a dark horse type thing, but now, obviously, after the year I’ve had, I’m one of the favorites, so it’s kind of new for me as well.This is the first time I’ve genuinely gone into a Slam feeling like I’m one of the guys that can really take the trophy and knock on the door.
“I don’t know what I’m going to be feeling when I get out there. Usually I’ve got nothing to lose and just putting on a show, but I’ve got to try to really find that balance. Fourteen days to win one of these things is not easy. Obviously, I’m capable, but so many other people are capable as well,” said Kyrgios addressing the press.
Nick Kyrgios learns of his first-round opponent at the Grand Slam event
With the draws done for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, first-round fixtures are all confirmed. Nick Kyrgios, seeded 19th will take on Roman Safiullin. He can possibly take on ninth-seeded Holger Runein the third round. Fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev being his potential fourth-round opponent.
If things go as planned, Kyrgios will meet Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, in what will definitely be one of the biggest matches of the tournament. Things could get further interesting as Casper Ruud’s high seeding could set him up against the Aussie. The two have had a history of differences and will make things interesting if they clash.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal, also the defending champion, could be his opponent in the finals if we are to go by the seedings. Kyrgios will however have a lot to manage. As he will be defending his doubles title, he will be definitely drained toward the business end.
Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz having curated more than 3000 articles over the two and a half years he has been here. Having started as an intern, he is currently the content manager for tennis. He has been following the sport for more than a decade and over the years, has developed a neutral perspective on the sport while having an unbiased liking to a lot of players for their playing style. His interest extends to other games as well with a fascination to know about the sports' history and statistics as well.
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