It’s good to be bad
Controversial Aussie Kyrgios victorious over Serbian Troicki Cloudy
MONTREAL — Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios opened centre-court action at the Rogers Cup Monday, beating Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-2 in a match that lasted only 51 minutes.
Both players have struggled with injuries recently. Hip and shoulder problems forced Kyrgios to retire from his match against Tennys Sandgren last week at the Citi Open in Washington, while Troicki’s last match was at Wimbledon where he retired with back problems in his first-round match against Florian Mayer.
Kyrgios, who continues to undergo treatment here, said neither player produced his best tennis.
“I didn’t feel like I hit the ball extremely well,” said the 22-year-old Kyrgios. “I didn’t serve great. I thought I served OK. But he played far from his best tennis as well. I’ve seen him play unbelievable tennis. We all have. He’s been struggling physically, as well. I think he retired at Wimbledon. We’re kind of in the same boat. I wish all the best for him. He’s a great guy (and) we’re good friends.”
While Kyrgios is one of the most talented young players on the tour, he has been the subject of controversy throughout his career. On several occasions, he has been fined for tanking matches and his off-court manners have even attracted criticism from the original superbrat John McEnroe.
Kyrgios said he and countryman Bernard Tomic are often unfairly criticized.
“I guess, I mean, we all make mistakes,” said Kyrgios.
“Tomic is struggling at the moment. He doesn’t really know what he wants to do. I respect that. He deserves every right to be happy and try and find what makes him happy. If that’s not tennis at the moment, then so be it.
“I mean, we’re not bad humans,” Kyrgios added. “We don’t, I don’t know, deal drugs. We don’t do anything. We have some bad issues on the court sometimes. It’s just us competing. I mean, he’s not a bad Australia’s Nick Kyrgios hits a return against Viktor Troicki in Rogers Cup men’s action in Montreal yesterday. person. The media can write what they want. But, you know, at the end of the day, to be fair, to be honest, me and Bernard have been the best two players from Australia for the last five years, so that’s the facts. We’ve been in the top 20. We’ve beaten top players, you know.”
Crowd favourite Gaël Monfils was spraying balls all over centre court in the first set of his match against American Steve Johnson, but he settled down to win 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1.
“I was not confident, I had trouble moving,” Monfils said of his slow start. “When I came here, I felt little pains here and there. It took me a long time in the match to start feeling better and more fluid. At 4-3 in the second set. I started putting the ball in the court. I was able to move better. I was able to make it more difficult for him. From then on, I was able to get some more opportunities and I was able to make ON TV:
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him have some doubts.”
American Jared Donaldson pulled off the first upset of the tournament when he won a pair of tiebreakers against 13th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France.
Mischa Zverev, the older brother of fourth-seeded Sascha Zverev, squeezed into the second round with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over qualifier Norbert Gombos of Slovakia.
Benoit Paire of France advanced with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over American Donald Young.