Kyrgios on reaching clay court final

Written by Staff Writer Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic clashed twice at the French Open in 2015 and 2016. This year it’s a different story Kyrgios came out swinging in the first round at…

Kyrgios on reaching clay court final

Written by Staff Writer

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic clashed twice at the French Open in 2015 and 2016. This year it’s a different story

Kyrgios came out swinging in the first round at Roland Garros, defeating Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-2.

Kyrgios won 99% of his first-serve points and used his blistering forehand to good effect. He looks confident and relaxed after losing his Australian Open title defense to Rafael Nadal in January.

Conor Nilsson, CNN

“To start my French Open against Adrian, which has been an unfortunate couple of years for me, I think we’ve been practicing quite a bit of close to the Australian Open as well,” Kyrgios said.

“I just hope it doesn’t get to that point again.

“I’ve got to try and get my head right. I feel like in the past couple of months I’ve gotten my head right a lot more.

“The body’s getting better. I think I’m starting to have fun on the court again. I’ve just got to continue with the same technique. I’ve just got to continue to work, continue to get better on court and on my fitness.”

That said, he hasn’t got much time for relaxing with the match starting at 9 a.m. (local time).

“I think the biggest thing is just to be fresh for my next one and try and avoid any kind of injuries,” he said.

“I need to try and get in the habit of enjoying myself on the court. That’s the main thing. For me, it’s about enjoying what I’m doing, giving it my absolute best. That’s it.”

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