Australian Tennis player, Nick Kyrgios put down “17 hours a day” in bed with COVID-19 to set up a smashing second round face-off with World’s No.2 ranked player, Daniil Medvedev at Australian Open 2022.
The 26-year-old makes his mark to the second round after beating England’s Liam Broady, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and 54 minutes on Tuesday, in midst of the chaos caused by the overexcited fans inside John Cain Arena.
Nick is now all set to face Tournament’s best player, Daniil Medvedev who today won his opening match against Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen. It was difficult for him to participate in his own country’s tournament after he had COVID-19 and also a bad case of Asthama, just before the Grand Slam.
Nick said that when tested positive for COVID-19, it wasn’t good news before a week from the Australian Open. He was also doubting about his presence in the game. He said that he isolated himself and was fortunate enough to have a tennis court where he could practice. He is happy that he served well today and is now thrilled to be back on the game.
Nick further says that in the first couple of days, he was confined to bed with the infection for about 17 hours a day.
“I was concerned that I wouldn’t be physically ready to play, I took it day by day and I m just so pumped to be here in my first match of the year, on my most favourite court in the world”, said Nick to AFP. He wins 81 per cent of first-serve points, strikes 21 aces, 41 winners and four times smashed Liam Broady’s service.
With this victory, it had broken a five-match losing series for Nick Kyrgios. Before this, he had won against Kevin Anderson at Atlanta Open last year. Nick’s next match against Daniil Medvedev is on January 20, Thursday as they would be clashing for the third round.