The Courier-Mail

In Nick of time

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NICK Kyrgios began his US Open hardcourt run with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Fernando Verdasco yesterday under the watchful eye of new mentor Lleyton Hewitt at the ATP Montreal Masters.

The world No.41 is working alongside Australia’s double grand slam winner in an informal capacity, with the 34year-old Hewitt happy to help out the 20-year-old.

Meanwhile, Sam Stosur’s US Open preparatio­ns were off to the worst possible start, knocked out of the WTA Rogers Cup in Canada in a first-round loss to countrywom­an Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-4 in 78 minutes.

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