Nick Kyrgios continued his preparation for the final Grand Slam of the year with a solid win over Tommy Paul at the Washington Open on Thursday (AEST).
The Australian was challenged in his second singles match since Wimbledon and had to play his best tennis to defeat Paul 6-3 6-4.
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Kyrgios was locked in, firing 15 aces including a rocket at 218 km/h.
He was superb in the clutch moments – saving all four break points he faced and converting three of his four break point opportunities.
Kyrgios was up to his usual antics when he got stuck in the referee after receiving a code violation for abusing the ball.
But the Washington crowd was in their corner and he showed his soft side in the first set, when an elderly fan was hit in the face by a ball that bounced into the stands.
Kyrgios walked over and handed the viewer one of his napkins.
He is aiming for his second title in Washington and then faces fourth seed Reilly Opelka in the round of 16 on Friday.
After withdraw from singles draw at Atlanta Open last week with a knee injury, Kyrgios showed impressive form in his two matches in Washington against Marcos Giron and Paul.
It only took me 59 minutes to beat Giron in straight sets and was his usual entertaining self, engaging with the crowd.
He won the doubles title in Atlanta playing alongside fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis and is one of the favorites to win the title in Washington ahead of the US Open, which begins later this month.
It wasn’t such good news elsewhere among the Australian contingent in Washington, with Alexei Popyrin and Alex de Minaur losing to Taylor Fritz and Yoshihito Nishioka respectively.
Originally published as Nick Kyrgios Wins America With Class Act In Strong Washington Open Win