Nick kyrgios, 26 years old and currently number 58 in the world ranking, He returned to compete in the United States after almost two years of absence and did it in the best way: defeated South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4) and 6-3 and advanced to the second round at ATP 250 in Atlanta.
The last time the Canberra-born had played a tournament on North American soil was in 2019, when he lost to Russian Andrey Rublev in the third round of the US Open. From then on, with the pandemic involved, it had only appeared nine times, although never there.
The debut of the six-time champion at the highest level was true to his style: powerful and precise serve, low serves, great willys and winners of all colors, before the incredulous gaze of the former 5 racket on the planet. Nevertheless, The most curious thing happened at the match point, when he approached a spectator and asked him where to serve. After the response from the fan, who wore a cap from his foundation, the Nassau resident obeyed and celebrated the victory.
It is worth noting that the 193-centimeter Australian is playing the American tournament for the third time: in 2016 he became champion, by beating local John Isner in the decisive instance, and in 2018 he succumbed in the quarterfinals, against the British Cameron Norrie.