Nick Kyrgios feels ‘really professional’ at US Open but with ‘most pressure’ on himself
Nick Kyrgios feels that he is holding himself to the highest standards he ever has at the US Open given he now knows what he can do on court.
The world number 25 reached the third round of the US Open after ‘surviving’ a tough four-set battle with Benjamin Bonzi on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Kyrgios has a chance to reach the second week in New York for the first time in his career, and he is feeling the stress of the high standards he is placing on himself.
“So I’m sitting here, I feel like this is probably the most pressure I’ve had on myself,” Kyrgios explained in his post-match press conference. “I know that I’m capable of going to a Slam final now and I really want to achieve. I want to bring my team with me. I want to do it together.
“But I don’t know, I want to have success with certain people. I want to do it. That’s probably why I’m having such high expectations and standards.”
As expected, reaching the final of Wimbledon has affected Kyrgios’ attitude to his abilities and the level he can achieve if he is focused.
“I feel like I’m really professional right now,” he continued. “I never thought that the Wimbledon final would make me that way. I thought it would be the other way, the reverse, almost a bit lax and a bit chilled with it. Yeah, it’s stressful.”
JJ Wolf is the man in Kyrgios’ way next. Should he make it past the American, his likely opponent would be defending champion and world number Daniil Medvedev.
While Kyrgios won their most recent meeting in Montreal, Medvedev won their only Slam meeting in the second round of the Australian Open back in January.
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