Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios entered the Margaret Court Arena in the early hours of Friday morning as a relative unknown quantity but the 18-year-old departed three hours later as a star in the making … and that’s despite losing to Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-7 (5) 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-2 6-2.
He wasn’t given much of a chance when he was drawn against No.27 seed Paire in the Australian Open but the young Aussie handled the pressure of a home-town crowd brilliantly.
By Stuart Hynd – @supers0nic_
The stand-out moment in the terrific performance took place in the second set with Paire on set point.
This would have been a nervy moment for any player on the tour but with a vibrant Melbourne crowd on his side, Kyrgios produced a moment of unrivaled beauty with this placed drop shot:
With Kyrgios having all but ran his legs into the ground it was a moment of magic the Aussie crowd are unlikely to forget any time soon.
Here’s hoping that Kyrgios can improve his fitness and keep these kind of performances going!