October 19, 2019

Nick Kyrgios falls at first hurdle in Montreal

Nick Kyrgios slammed into the ground with a loss in the first round at the ATP Montreal Masters on Tuesday, dropping 6-3, 6-4 against Briton Kyle Edmund.

Two days after winning the ATP 500 series title in Washington with a consistent outburst, the Australian court jester could not keep up the momentum in a game delayed by 90 minutes in the second set by a light rain.

“I’m a little tired. Physically, I really feel that I’m fine,” Kyrgios said after losing in 67 minutes of real play.

“Kyle played well, served well and really didn’t give me any rhythm in the game.”

With the first seeded Rafael Nadal opened his campaign on Wednesday, the third seeded and the 2017 champion Alexander Zverev led the way to the third round, fighting to contain Cameron Norrie before sending the Briton 7-6 (7/4), 6 -4.

“I have great memories here two years ago, and I have never lost in Montreal,” Zverev said. “I hope it stays that way.”

Kyrgios, who has been criticized for his inconsistency, had hoped to take advantage of his success in Washington in Montreal.

“Tonight was a challenge, I really wanted to play,” he said. “But today a better player defeated me.”

Edmund, who won the first set and placed 4-all in the second when the players returned to the court, broke immediately and served the victory.

“I was waiting for his armpit service and he tricked me once about that.

“You just can’t predict what it will do. I could only concentrate on my side and play my game.”

Kyrgios has returned to the Top 30 for the first time since last October as a result of its solid week in the capital of the United States.

His defeat was the third of the day for the Australians, with the British Daniel Evans defeating Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) and the 12th seed John Isner beating Jordan Thompson 3-6, 6 -3, 7- 6 (8/6).

Felix Auger-Aliassime won the much publicized battle of the Canadians over Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3).

An electrifying shock that lasted just over two and a half hours marked another success in a decisive season for the 18-year-old winner.

The 21st in the world has already reached its first three ATP singles finals in his career and three months ago he became the youngest player to reach the Top 25 since Lleyton Hewitt in 1999.

“I’m glad I won, it would have been difficult to lose that one,” said the teenager.

“There were many difficult times today, but I was able to deal with them in a good way every time. There are many positive aspects to get out of that.”

Cilic clings
He then faces another Canadian, Milos Raonic, the 17th seed, who beat Stuttgart in June after losing on the hard track in March 2018.

“A year and a half ago it feels like a long time ago. Physically back then, I changed a lot. Mentally, too.

“I’m sure I have the confidence that I can win against these kind of players. I’m not so nervous about stepping on these great courts.”

“We’ll see what I can do, I’m sure I’m a completely different player.”

Two-time finalist Marin Cilic resisted 19 aces of qualifier Bradley Klahn to reach the second round 6-3, 7-6 (9/7).

Cilic, seeded 14th, has suffered an indifferent season due in part to an injury. He will expect to see a return on the hard courts of North America, where he won the United States Open in 2014.

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