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Article on Nick's trip to Bahamas the other week where he spent time with his mentor. :) Looks like his BFF, Jack Sock had invited him to his home city, Kansas but he opted for Hewitt's retreat instead, after Cincy. Also includes a little bit of Andy Murray comments regarding Nick ahead of their 1st round match.
The source article is loading a bit wonky on my iPad so I'll quote the content below.

US Open 2015: Nick Kyrgios ditched Kansas to recharge batteries at Lleyton Hewitt's Bahamas mansion

A four-day training camp at Lleyton Hewitt's $4 million Bahamas mansion provided Nick Kyrgios with the private sanctuary he needed to escape the headlines in preparation for the US Open.
Initially Kyrgios had decided he would head to Kansas with close friend, American Jack Sock, in the lead up to the final grand slam of the year in New York.
However an invitation from the retiring Australian legend, who has taken on a mentoring role with the 20-year-old, to join him at his Old Fort Bay mansion in the Bahamas was too good of an offer to refuse.

Hewitt, one-time bad-boy of Australian tennis himself, has plenty of experience in overcoming adversity and rebuilding his image having polarised the nation just like Kyrgios has done over the past 12 months.

Kyrgios, who will take on Andy Murray in the first round (Wednesday 9am AEST) has been in the headlines since his "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend" sledge aimed at Stan Wawrinka last month, but he managed to escape the spotlight at Hewitt's family home.

Kyrgios was meant to play doubles alongside Kokkinakis at the US Open, however the pair failed to submit the entry form in time and now have to rely on withdrawals if they are to play together.

Mixed in with regular practice sessions at a nearby tennis court, Kyrgios mingled with Hewitt's family in the crystal clear waters and engaged in a range of activities, including some sailing, table tennis and boxing with members of his team.
But the main focus of the trip was to fine-tune his game with Hewitt, who has been a positive influence on the troubled star of Australian tennis.
While Kyrgios didn't sleep at Hewitt's home, the veteran organised accommodation for the Kyrgios camp - which included his brother Christos, agent John Morris and strength and conditioning coach, Matthew James.
Even with Hewitt preparing for his final US Open campaign, his focus has been on ensuring Kyrgios is ready for what will be a tough assignment against Murray, who has a 3-0 record against the kid from Canberra.

It's understood Kyrgios has been weighed down by the criticism and negative publicity since Wimbledon and was able to recharge the batteries and clear his mind on the mini hiatus.
Kyrgios is yet to appoint a full time coach since parting ways with childhood coach Todd Larkham on the eve of Wimbledon, but Hewitt hasn't indicated whether he wants to take on the role permanently.
However those close to the Kyrgios camp believe it will be beneficial to have Hewitt on board, not only as a coach, but more importantly as a role model and mentor.

Murray has a close relationship with Kyrgios and fellow Aussie young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis, electing to practice with Kokkinakis on Sunday.
He's also fond of Kyrgios, and while he conceded the Australian has made some bad choices, believes there's plenty to like about him.
"He's a young guy and we all make mistakes and everyone here when they were 19, 20 would have done some bad things and made some mistakes," Murray said.
"For him, it's unfortunate that's its happening in front of millions of millions of people. And I think it's wrong, a lot of the things that he's done, but I also think that he's still young, and everyone's different. People mature and grow up at different rates. Not everyone's exactly the same. Everyone is different.
"He'll learn, and I don't think he's a bad guy. I don't think he's a bad person at all. He's an unbelievably talented guy with a lot of potential. He's going to be around the top of the game for a while. I just think a little bit of patience is important when it comes to Nick because he's a young guy and it isn't easy growing up in the spotlight."

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An Interview With: Nick Kyrgios
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Q. When you first saw the draw, it was Andy Murray, what was your reaction? Was it disappointing?

NICK KYRGIOS: It wasn't disappointing. I would say it was exciting for me. You know, I love playing these types of guys. Obviously I would have liked to play him deeper in the draw. Somebody has to play him. I think he's probably in the best form of his life. He can go really well, potentially win it.

It is what it is. I thought I hung tough out there tonight, competed well, feel like I'm getting him ready for the next round.

Q. Lots of opportunities, lots of wasted chances. What went wrong?

NICK KYRGIOS: That's a bit rough saying 'wasted chances.' I thought I created opportunities. I tried to take them. I thought he served pretty clutch in certain situations. His defense was unbelievable again tonight.

Q. Were you having trouble seeing the ball on the ball toss in the lights?

NICK KYRGIOS: The way the lights were positioned on the roof was a bit tough for me, especially with the ball toss. I sort of got used to it towards the end of the match. This is the first time playing at night with the roof.

It felt completely different to last year when I played without the roof. The court itself is unbelievable. The speed of it, it's perfect in there.

Q. You seemed to be going for a lot of flashy shots. Night session excitement.

NICK KYRGIOS: I'm playing those shots whether it's day session first on. When I'm getting lobbed and running back, I think that's the easiest shot for me to hit, to be honest. I'm not a massive fan of trying to hit a lob off a lob. I thought a made a couple, but yeah.

Q. The controversy that's been swirling around you for the last couple weeks, did that take a toll on you tonight?

NICK KYRGIOS: No, I wouldn't say so much tonight. I thought I've been dealing with that pretty well. Obviously it's been tough. But I think I've moved on from it.

I thought I put in a really good performance tonight. Obviously it's not the result I wanted. But I thought I was focused and ready for today. I had a good preparation.

Q. Do you understand there may be some animosity among the crowd after what happened a couple weeks ago?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, 100%. Still people in the crowd that are unhappy with what happened. And that's only normal.

Q. Any more thoughts about that behavior and the way forward for you, whether you'll grow up from this experience?

NICK KYRGIOS: I'd like to think that I'm going to learn from it. I think I have.

I think I'm on the right path. I don't think any of us in this room right now were perfect at 20. Speak up if you were.

Q. You lost concentration sometimes, in the big points when you had some break opportunities. Did you get distracted?

NICK KYRGIOS: No, I really enjoyed the atmosphere in there. I liked it. It's more laid back than Centre Court at Wimbledon or Australian Open or French Open. It's good there's a lot of noise in there.

I thought I played well. I created opportunities. I didn't serve my best; yet I still put myself in some winning positions. I just didn't come away with the win.

Q. How high a priority is it for you, the Davis Cup, coming up against GB? What is your preparation leading into that, assuming you're selected?

NICK KYRGIOS: I haven't thought about Davis Cup yet. Rusty, Bernard are still in the tournament. All their focus is on the US Open. We really haven't been talking about it too much.

Q. When you have a break between sets or another long break, what is your approach? What are you trying to do in terms of rest and focus?

NICK KYRGIOS: The breaks? I simply just take a break just to get changed. I was a bit sweaty out there so I just got changed. I don't use is strategically or anything.

Q. It looked at one time you may have been trying to sleep a little bit. What was going through your mind?

NICK KYRGIOS: Just taking a nap, I guess. It's good for you.

Q. With the sleeve, you took that off later on? Why do you wear that? Raonic tells us initially it was a support thing; now it's a mental thing.

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I just wear it because I like it. It's not against the rules.

Q. No, no.

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I just wear it.

Q. Is Lleyton an adviser, part-time coach? I know he's the Davis Cup captain.

NICK KYRGIOS: I'd say he's a mentor for me. He's been helping myself, Thanasi out as well. He's taken time out. I'm really thankful for that. He's really helped me a lot the last couple weeks.

He let me stay with him in The Bahamas for some preparation. He's been a massive part of getting my head stable, and being able to have the performance tonight, I think that's massive. Yeah, that's all Lleyton.

Q. What is it about Lleyton that has brought you that steadiness? What does he do for you?

NICK KYRGIOS: It's easy to listen to him obviously. He's been there. He's won Grand Slams. He's won here. But he's been through it all.

I think we got a really good relationship now, which is going to be unbelievable for Davis Cup. I have really good trust in him.

Q. He's had his controversies in the past. Did he talk to you about that and maybe help you in that part of the situation?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah. I mean, I know everyone has controversies. You just got to learn from it, simple as that. He's obviously matured, as well.

Q. As well as the pressure on you, there's been a lot of international pressure on the male Australian tennis players, a lot of talk about bad boys. Are you curious that you think something needs to be done to change that reputation? Do you feel you take some responsibility for that talk?

NICK KYRGIOS: The funny thing is, myself, Thanasi -- well, I don't think Thanasi is in that category. Myself and Bernard, it's so funny, Bernard, he's harmless. He's just a normal kid. I don't really understand where he gets this reputation from, or where I get it from at all.

We show emotion out there. We might not be the most usual tennis players you see. Somehow we got this reputation that's just ridiculous.

Q. Are you aware of the comments from Andy Murray? He was very supportive in the buildup, saying the guy is only 20, cut him some slack.

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, of course. I've had a really good relationship with Andy for a long time now. I've played him a lot. Never beaten him. I got a set off him today. I'm making progress.

He's always had nice things to say about me. We've had a lot of conversations on Twitter and stuff. Whenever I've needed something, I've come to him. I've sort of looked at a guy like him that's a really good role model for everyone.

Q. You've said a couple times you learned from the controversy. What did you learn?

NICK KYRGIOS: Keep your mouth shut at times.

Q. You seem to really thrive on the dramatic conditions, even playing in a very dramatic fashion. Do you think you'll ever level off? Would it be good for you? Do you really need to have these dramatic moments, unbelievable ups and downs, swings of energy, that sort of thing?

NICK KYRGIOS: Well, yeah, I guess it's nothing that's been different in my career. It's always been like that. I've always been an emotional person on the court. And, yeah, I like going for shots that aren't high percentage. I just got a really good self-confidence.

I think obviously I've had some really big wins. I don't think I'd be able to have those wins if I didn't have that sort of confidence by me.

Q. Back on Davis Cup. How do you see Australia's chances in the semis?

NICK KYRGIOS: Pretty good. Pretty good. Yep, really good.

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Seems like forever since he last played! Look forward To Kuala Lumpur
Me too! Hoping the time away helped him settle a bit and he can have a great showing in his mother's home land. :) Strong field though! :scared: But as we all know anything is possible once Nick's in the zone. #ComeOn

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I thought it was weird for him to go back to Australia - but it makes sense he needed a break and some time away from the spotlight. Tbh, if he was at Davis Cup the media would have taken photos of him sleeping with headphones on and paint an even worse picture of him.

He'll enjoy a good atmosphere in Malaysia too :yeah:

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Short post-Ito match article in the link below from Malaysian press yesterday. The quote further below jumped out at me. I think being bundled out of the U.S. open earlier than normal (for him), has finally helped Nick realise the importance of the smaller tourneys in keeping himself seeded. Hopefully we'll see if this new mindset proves profitable next year. He really should've been a top 20 player by now. :|

Calmer Kyrgios making the right waves in Malaysian Open - Tennis | The Star Online

"I think I just feel more matured coming into the tournament this year," said the world No.41.
"I didn't think so much about events like this last year but I realised I have to be consistent all round as it will help me in my rankings and seedings"

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Another 'open letter' to Nick. A really mean piece of writing in my opinion, nothing remotely in the way of constructive criticism, just character assassination. Do journalists think this is actually helpful for Nick, or are they just looking to generate more clicks. I know that we're not professional athletes, but can you imagine being in a position like Nick and reading this about yourself? It would certainly affect me.....


Nick Kyrgios must become more professional on court as he’s representing Australia
Andrew Rechichi, Crowd Correspondent FOX SPORTS October 10, 2015 4:09PM SHARE

DEAR Nick Kyrgios,

There are no doubts that you are one of the best players in world tennis when you want to be. But following your recent implosion and collapse at the Japan Open against Benoit Paire, something needs to give and it’s not a new coach, a new tennis racquet or new balls.

It’s you.

You’re representing millions of Australians all over this country.

Yes, the majority of them love you more when you win, but ultimately it is the manner in which you conduct yourself that speaks volumes. Being a professional overrides the result of a match or an outcome.

It’s crystal clear that you are choosing not to be professional.

It doesn’t look like you’re playing tennis because you love the sport.

You’re playing tennis for the attention you receive.

You love having attention and you do everything in your power to obtain it, regardless of whether it’s good or bad.

Anthony Mundine is clearly a huge inspiration of yours.

You need a brutal reality check.

I don’t know who on earth will give that to you, but one way or another you need your clocks cleaned and a refresher course on how to conduct yourself publicly.

Your attitude needs an adjustment big time.

It stinks.

It’s so bad, I’m half inclined to make an emergency phone call to Major Payne specifically to straighten you out and ensure that you graduate from insignificant piece of dust to maggot.

Every third word you uttered during that match against Paire was explicit and there was no reason for it.

Right now, your actions are representing your words.

Time for your actions to speak louder, so that society can eventually respect and appreciate you for your sporting abilities.

It is only that sort of positive exposure that, in time, can override the controversial moments that you have accumulated up until this point.

The ball is in your court ... in more ways than one.

Andrew Rechichi is a regular contributor to The Crowd — follow his views on the latest sporting news which he posts as -AR-

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My god. Nick wins matches no one blinks an eye, Nick loses one match everyone loses their minds. I'm turning 20 soon, and boy it's amazing how he's handled this at this age. He's accomplished so much, more than others at his age. Everyone wants him to do well, alot of people are impatient (including me). But please everything has already been said, can people be quiet so he can concentrate!? He knows what he needs to do, all these people think it's as easy as flipping a switch. It's not that easy. He's played splendidly and has shown control these past 2 weeks. That's improvement.

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Stupid article, stupid writer. Idiotic. I absolutely DESPISE the whole 'you're representing Australia, you represent millions of Australians'... no. Tennis is an INDIVIDUAL SPORT, more than any other. Other individual sports send teams to events, like swimming and athletics - but tennis isn't like that and can be completely individual. The only time anyone truly represents us in tennis is the Olympics and Davis/Fed/Hopman Cup. So ridiculous. This is why I defend Tomic, these people are idiots.

I happen to dislike watching Nick and don't really support him as of now because of the way he treats other people - but I don't feel as though he's representing me at all.

Atleast he's still playing matches and tournaments. At this time of the season a lot of players can easily just rest up for 2016.

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Thought this was a great article about Nick from the person who hosted the IPTL earlier this month.

NICK Kyrgios.

We know the story, we’ve all seen the vision. From his outrageous Wimbledon defeat of Rafa Nadal, at the age of 19, to the racquet abuse, profanities, and the unforgettable ‘Stan sledge’. But is there more to Kyrgios than the recent headlines suggest?

I’ve known of Nick from his junior days, when I worked at Tennis Australia. When his ACT team travelled to Melbourne Park for the Junior National Championships, he was a chubby youngster who looked anything but a tennis prodigy. He did possess something though, he was cheeky, but he was a leader. Others were happy to follow.

Over the past month I hosted the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in Japan, the Philippines, India, Dubai and Singapore. The IPTL is like a travelling tennis circus. Federer, Rafa, Serena, Sharapova were all there. I followed the league for three weeks, stayed at the same hotels, ate at the same restaurants. A total of 46 athletes were involved, the kid from Canberra was one.

My job wasn’t to report on Nick’s behaviour but after a year where he has been ridiculed, analysed and abused (social media), I found myself watching his every move. Was he really the unapologetic, cocky, “un-Australian” brat that people spoke of?

I went in with a clean slate, without prior judgment. I reckon Nick brings magic to the tennis court, to the tennis world. I don’t see any other player on the planet with similar weaponry. But at the same time he has damaged his reputation, and on more than one occasion crossed the line.

So, what did I see?

Perhaps surprisingly, I saw a young man giving his everything, day in and day out. His effort, energy, support for his team and sportsmanship could not have contrasted more with the recent groundswell of negative opinion. In many people’s eyes he was the league’s Most Valuable Player.

The IPTL is a team-based event where displaying support for your teammates is held with the same regard as winning. Kyrgios loves NBA basketball and the IPTL is as close as tennis comes. It was as though he’d found his natural habitat. From day one, no other player could match what Nick gave. He was relaxed, positive, powerfully energetic, he led, he joked, he loved his team, in many respects he was the team.

He rose to a level very few can. His charisma and confidence allowed him to stand alongside Carlos Moya, a childhood hero (but at this time his teammate), and ask the Grand Slam champion to give a little more.

The Spaniard, who referred to the Aussie as his “younger brother”, happily obliged.

Deep into a set of singles in New Delhi, Kyrgios was put under pressure against Edouard Roger-Vasselin. He stepped up, and after stroking a winner down the line the 20 year old stood, faced his bench as they rose to their feat, and roared “live or or die”. It appeared the point meant as much to him as any Grand Slam final. He was representing more than himself.

Some have labelled Nick’s recent behaviour as “un-Australian”. It’s hard to be certain how that should be defined, but one assumes it’s an expectation to compete like Lleyton, shake hands like Rafter and do everything like Laver. They’re undoubtedly legends of our game, but maybe the game has changed.

Kyrgios wears pink headphones, listens to Drake and hits drop shots through his legs. During the IPTL he continued to play his way, but a balance was found. He also competed like an animal, adored and respected his teammates and opponents, and when he spoke everyone listened.

His charm also extended beyond the live cameras and stadium audience. There were moments that were unseen, from checking in on whether Sania Mirza had recovered from illness, to dealing with the regular ‘meet and greets’ with politeness and a smile, and happily accommodating multiple media requests in the hours leading up to the final.

One moment epitomised his time in Asia. Nick’s team, the Singapore Slammers, had reached the final, but given the size of the Slammers’ squad not every player was guaranteed a spot. Dustin Brown wasn’t happy (understatement). The German believed he had been cast aside as the team’s ‘glorified cheerleader’, and deserved selection in the decider. He threatened to book the next flight home if he didn’t get his wish.

Purav Raja, the Slammers coach, needed to find a solution. He went to Nick and informed him of Brown’s position. Raja asked Kyrgios how he’d feel about sitting on the bench for the final: “I’ll do anything for the team” was the response he got. Sounds like a fabricated line right? Part of a Hollywood script. It’s not. Those words came from Raja’s mouth. He added that Nick’s performance throughout was “legendary”.

I interviewed Kyrgios two hours before the final; by that time he knew he’d be sitting on the pine. He could have taken the opportunity to promote the fact that he’d courageously ‘taken a hit for the team’. He didn’t. There wasn’t a hint of admission.

In the same interview he was asked about the relentless energy he gives his team:

“I feel so comfortable in this environment ... the team environment for me is much more comfortable than being out there by yourself” Kyrgios said.

“I know it makes them feel good (support) I know it makes them play better, so anything to get the win”. Despite not playing in the decider Kyrgios was buzzing on the sidelines. The Singapore Slammers got the win.

At times we expect our budding superstars to realise their role model status from day one. I think we also need to hold ourselves to a certain level of expectation. Perhaps we, as fans, have a role to play. A role to support, foster and engage with Nick Kyrgios.

It’s been a wild ride for the ‘wonder from down under.’ I’m not suggesting his transgressions should be forgotten, they shouldn’t. But if we are so quick to admonish his shortfalls, surely we can find room to promote the good. If not then we are failing to tell the full story, we would not be giving him a fair go.

Wouldn’t that be un-Australian?
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Nick Kyrgios pre-tournament press conference

Q. You had some great memories here last year. Talk about how you feel coming back, what kind of memories pop up.

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, obviously last year I had a really good run. I just remember it being a really rollercoaster couple of weeks.

When I lost against Andy, it almost felt like I was exhausted, mentally and physically drained.

Coming back this year, I feel like I've grown, physically made a lot of improvements. I feel as if I'm ready for whatever comes.

Q. Does it feel comfortable coming here now with the status you have?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I feel as if I'm more relaxed this year. Coming around, I've got a lot more confidence in my game. I feel a lot more comfortable playing in front of the crowd this year. I'm definitely playing a lot better.

Q. How is your foot doing after the Kooyong issues?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, obviously a little bit of a niggle. I didn't want to pull out too early in Kooyong. David wanted to have some match practice. I thought we could play a set and a little bit. Obviously, I didn't want to hinder my preparations going into the Australian Open.

Yeah, it's feeling good. Had a lot of treatment on it.

Q. Talk about your first-round opponent.

NICK KYRGIOS: I played him last year in Portugal. I won in a tight three-set battle. He's more than capable of producing some really good tennis. He's had a couple really good wins in Kooyong.

I know he's going to come out there and compete for every point. He's a great competitor. I know what kind of style of tennis I need to play to win.

It's going to be a very exciting match.

Q. Can you recall your first memory of Lleyton?

NICK KYRGIOS: To be honest, as a kid, I didn't watch too much tennis. Just the memories I have of Lleyton that I remember are watching him on the sidelines of Davis Cup really. I remember me and Thanasi, we were watching him versus ^ Coria in Davis Cup. That was one of the funniest matches ever. He got so pumped and so amped.

That's why it's one such a sad time, because one of the greatest competitors of all time is leaving our sport.

Q. Are you expecting to play on Rod Laver a bit more this year or are you not fazed at all?

NICK KYRGIOS: I'm not fazed at all. All the courts have the same dimensions. Obviously Rod Laver is one of the greatest courts. But to be honest, I don't mind. I really like Hisense. I love Margaret Court. The show courts are great. I played a lot of ITFs and Nationals on the outside courts. I'm comfortable wherever I play.

Q. If time allows it, will you go and watch Lleyton's match?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, definitely. He's playing another Aussie. It's always going to be a little bit fun to watch. It's going to be a tough match.

If I've got time, I might duck out there and watch a little bit of it.

Q. Do you have a prediction for that match?

NICK KYRGIOS: It's hard say. Ducks has always played well here. He loves playing in front of the Australian crowd. Lleyton, it's his last-ever tournament. He's going to be determined to give absolutely everything in the tank. I think the crowd might get behind him. But it's going to be an exciting match.

Q. Is playing in Australia for you like a whole different animal? Are you able to neutralize that factor?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, there's definitely a little bit more expectation. The crowd definitely expects any Aussie to play their best tennis here. That's fair enough. I think every Aussie should step up here and try their absolute hardest to bring the best out of themselves.

In all honesty, it's just another tournament. If you lose first round, there's 50, 60 other events you can play in the year, perform, turn that bad week into a good week.

Q. You played at that Fast Four event on Monday in Sydney. There are no lines judges. Can you imagine a pro match relying on the Hawkeye? Do you think that would ever work?

NICK KYRGIOS: Obviously only having three wouldn't work. I think some players might start making the court a bit smaller.

Yeah, I mean, that was a lot of fun. But I don't think guys like Roger, Rafa and Novak, people would forget to call their own balls. We're all so used to having line kids now. It would be difficult.

Q. There are many kids in the players' restaurant nowadays. Have you noticed that? Do you feel all of a sudden there's this big generation gap? Is that strange there's a lot of families around?

NICK KYRGIOS: To be honest, I haven't noticed it. I've noticed there's definitely a lot more young players around the players' cafe now. But that's tennis, I guess. The new generation is coming. There's a lot of great players in qualifying and main draw that are teenagers or early 20s. So I guess it's a pretty exciting time for tennis.

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Nick Kyrgios 18-01-16
Nick Kyrgios def Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2 7-5 6-2

Q. You must be pleased with the way you opened the tournament.

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, you know, I knew it was going to be a tough match. There were a lot of nerves, a lot of excitement. I haven't played a real, real match. I played Hopman Cup. Felt confident. Just going out there with the pressure, playing in front of the home crowd. You know, I came out there pretty good. I was striking the ball well from the get-go. That probably eased me into the match a little bit better than I thought it was going to be out there. Yeah, it was a good win.

Q. That second set seemed to be a little bit more of a difficult one. Did you lose a bit of concentration there?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it was a pretty sneaky break for him in the first game. I was up 30-Love. He's more than capable of playing at a high level. So I knew there was going to be some periods in the match where he was going to lift. It was only normal that he would respond from the first set.

It's a best-of-five, a long match out there. I knew I had to stay composed. I knew I was going to get my chances. I obviously broke him twice in the second set.

Q. You play Cuevas next. He's only been to a third round of a slam.

NICK KYRGIOS: I've watched him play. I've always been pretty impressed by him. I think he's a great athlete. He makes a lot of balls, he competes every point. He's more than capable of doing some damage these weeks. I think the Grand Slams, best-of-five suit him. I know what type of tennis I need to play. He's going to go out there, he knows what he needs to do. We're just going to go out there and just compete.

Q. You got a good reaction from the crowd as you always do. How much of an advantage do you find that?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it's a massive advantage for me. I think knowing the home crowd's behind you, when you're feeling physically tired or mentally drained out there, they give you the spark needed.

I thought today, when you're two sets to love up, you're forcing the pressure on the opponent, they see there's not many people in their corner, they really need to dig deep to respond. I thought he struggled a little bit today.

Q. I saw you in the practice session, pulling that young kid out of the crowd. It shows a different side. What prompts you to do something like that.

NICK KYRGIOS: What do you mean, 'different side'?

Q. As in light hearted.

NICK KYRGIOS: I'm pretty lighthearted most of the time. The crowd was really into my session. We were playing some mini tennis. I love going out there and joking around. All the kids were out there watching. I thought one of them might want to play.

Q. Last year you had a fantastic match against Andreas Seppi. Do you love the Hisense Arena?

NICK KYRGIOS: For me last year it became one of my favorite courts. I really like the dimensions of the court. Not too far back, the barriers. I feel it's quite closed in. The way the crowd sits it's really, really good. That's definitely one of my favorite courts.

Q. Omar coming through, what do you make of that?

NICK KYRGIOS: It was refreshing during my match. We've been really tight for a long, long time now. Me and him, I sort of play the big brother a little bit. We used to sleep at each other's house and stuff like that when we were training together.

To see him get a win at the Grand Slam level is pretty special because, you know, we used to wake up early, train together. We used to cause trouble and everything.

To see him actually have success at that level is really, really good to see.

Q. He's been on that level for about 12 months or so. What can a Grand Slam win do in terms of confidence?

NICK KYRGIOS: It's massive. I got a Grand Slam win under my belt really early in my career as well. You think about that a lot, just to know you can pull out a performance like that in front of your home crowd. That's not easy for him. He's been struggling the last couple weeks. For him to pull out a win like that against a tough competitor in the heat shows the resilience he has. I think it shows great potential.

Q. You tweeted about the galoot things again about the AFL players. Is part of that to get fans behind you, see you being fun loving online?

NICK KYRGIOS: Not at all really. I just think, you know, where I get a little bit angry, I get hung out to dry a little bit, so I think that behavior's not really tolerated.

Q. You chose two exhibition tournaments as your lead-in into this tournament here. Do you feel that's your best preparation?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I think for me I like to come into Grand Slams really fresh. I don't really like to play too many tournaments. I think the Hopman Cup is a perfect event for me. You can sort of manage your matches a little bit.

The arena there is perfect speed. I think I played some great tennis there. Obviously Kooyong is a great event. Had a little bit of a niggle there, so it was a bit unfortunate. I thought my preparation was perfect this year.

Q. Do you support Perth Wildcats? Because they played the same venue.

NICK KYRGIOS: I don't support them. But I have seen them play there a couple times. I don't watch NBL too much. I'm a massive basketball fan. When that's on on TV, I'm looking for NBA originally, but if I see some NBL, I'll watch it.

Q. How do you think Omar will handle the occasion against Tsonga or Baghdatis?

NICK KYRGIOS: I think he'll be fine. He's got absolutely nothing to lose out there. To play Marcos, he always plays well here. They've both made finals here, Tsonga and Baghdatis. I think Omar goes out there and just enjoys himself, enjoys the experience. He can play on Hisense or even Rod Laver. For him it's a massive experience, learning curve. I think he's more than capable of causing an upset, as well.

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Nick Kyrgios def Pablo Cuevas 6-4 7-5 7-6(2)

Q. We didn't hear the explanation you gave about the shorts. What happened?

NICK KYRGIOS: Just a bit of a mix-up before the game. I guess it will be fixed by the next round.

Q. Does it impact your game, the way you play, when you're irritated, or is playing angry almost a good thing?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it's probably not the best thing playing angry. It does expend a lot of energy. In best-of-five tennis, you want to try to not use that much. You want to keep it all in the tank if you get that far.

Q. What are you looking from your team in the players box when that's happening and your head is where it is?

NICK KYRGIOS: Some new shorts, I guess. And I got some.

Q. How about the rest of your game? Feel good with the backhand today?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, today was tough. I knew it was going to be tough going into that. He's a great athlete, makes a lot of balls. I thought the first set was really key, had to get the first set. I thought he was pretty high level. We both played well from the back. I didn't really think he could serve at that high level. And he was really impressive, I mean, in that category today. He served really well.

Q. Berdych next. You did pretty well against him in the IPTL. Does that give you confidence heading into the next match?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yes, I guess it's completely different. You can't compare Grand Slams to IPTL. I know what he's capable of. He's one of the best players in the world.

Yeah, I've played him a couple times. He's going to be wanting to win as much as I'm going to be wanting to win, so it's going to be tough.

Q. Looked like you had a crack at one of those Tomic fadeaway droppers that he does. Was that deliberate?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, every time we meet up, we sort of have a competition on who can do it the best. He definitely invented that shot. Every time I get the opportunity, I try and top it for some reason, and it got me in a little bit of trouble, to be honest. But it's worth it when it comes off. It's worth it, yeah.

Q. Earlier this week you said you were not sure if you were going to stay up to the watch the Spurs' game. How does someone from Australia become a Spurs' fan?

NICK KYRGIOS: It's actually strange. I used to play a lot of FIFA. It's sort of died down a bit. I don't play so much, but I'm a massive fan of Adebayor and he doesn't play there anymore. I've just stayed with that team.

Q. Why did you like him?

NICK KYRGIOS: He was a boss on FIFA. He was a scoring machine. That pretty much just stayed.

Q. Lleyton actually said in here last night he thought you were moving as well as he'd ever seen you move. Would you agree with him?

NICK KYRGIOS: Definitely. I feel that's the biggest part of my game that's improved from last year. I feel as if when I'm in the back of the court in a rally, there's not many balls that can get past me. I feel really confident moving. For me, that helps my game so much. Doesn't feel like I have to be so aggressive, like I have to force so much. I can sort of sit back and rally.

Q. Probably be a pretty big atmosphere when you play Berdych. Do you think that will get you over the line or will you need to bring something else to the game?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, the crowd's going to be crazy. They all love Berdych. He has a massive fan base. He's one of the greatest players right now. I'm not really thinking too far ahead. It's going to be a really good match.

Q. Will you have a chat to Bernie about that match? He lost to Berdych last year here in the fourth round. Does that give you any insight?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, when I talk to Bernard, we don't really talk too much tennis. Maybe. I don't think we're going to talk about it.

Q. The treatment on your arm in the third set, nothing to worry about?

NICK KYRGIOS: Nothing to worry about.

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Tomas Berdych def Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 1-6 6-4

Q. We couldn't hear from the monitors, but what exactly was happening? Was there actual music playing?

NICK KYRGIOS: Unless I'm hearing things. Yeah, I thought there was music playing. Did anyone else hear it in here?

Q. I could hear it.

NICK KYRGIOS: Great. So there you go.

Q. Did it come from

NICK KYRGIOS: I don't know where it came from. The ref was telling me he couldn't hear it. I could blatantly hear it. So unless tennis, you can start playing tennis when there's music in the background, that's a new rule. They need to add it to the rule book.

Q. Maybe it came from the MCG

NICK KYRGIOS: Didn't sound that loud. If it was, then it's my bad. But it suddenly stopped at change of ends.

Q. Did it distract you from playing your own game?

NICK KYRGIOS: Not necessarily. It was just strange. He was telling me he couldn't hear it. I don't know, I just thought he might have used the microphone to say, Could you quiet it down. I don't know. I've never had it happen to me before.

Q. He did clearly give you the option of stopping if you wanted to.

NICK KYRGIOS: He said that, but he didn't tell the crowd to quieten down if it was coming from the crowd, which I think is a fair thing to do if you're in the chair.

Q. How would you assess that match, coming back in the third set?

NICK KYRGIOS: I don't think I played too bad. I didn't serve my best. But I thought I competed as well as I could. I was trying to make as many balls as I could.

I thought he served really well at crucial times. But he was so aggressive from the start till the finish. I didn't really feel like I had enough rhythm at any time in the match. I was sort of just trying to make balls, trying to serve my way out of trouble.

I didn't have much rhythm. I think that's what he does so well. He plays with his own pace on his service games. Doesn't give you much time at all. He really puts his foot on the accelerator. I think that was pretty tough to play.

Q. You had a really good set in the third. Why didn't you manage to sustain it, do you think?

NICK KYRGIOS: I mean, I thought he just steadied the ship in the fourth. The third, I got an early break, kept momentum, the crowd started getting into it. That's tough. That's why I think playing at home is such an advantage.

That's why he's a top player, he steadies the ship, he gets back to it and takes his time, starts serving at a high level again and starts making clutch shots at crucial times.

Q. Did he have the momentum, the edge there?

NICK KYRGIOS: I thought if I grabbed the fourth, I would win the fifth. I felt fine physically. But I didn't take it there, so it's not really a conversation to have.

Q. It was great entertainment out there. The more dour guy won. Do you ever think you're going to have to adjust the balance between the entertainment value to get slightly better results?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I thought I put a lot of balls in the court when I needed to. I definitely hit a couple good shots. I thought they were on at the time. Every time I went for a shot, I was in a tough position or something.

I'm not really too sure. I guess I have to get fitter and stronger to beat guys like that.

Q. You've been working with Lleyton Hewitt recently. How do you think he's helped the mental side of your game? Out there you can see you saying, Well played, those sorts of things. Has that been helping you?

NICK KYRGIOS: To be honest, I've been doing that my whole life. I've been calling others on their good shots. That's never changed.

Q. You took a tumble in the first set, went over on your ankle. Any effect for a couple of games there?

NICK KYRGIOS: No. I just went over it quickly. It was pretty painful for like a point, but then it sort of eased off. I was pretty happy with that. Didn't hinder my performance at all.

Q. Seeing Lleyton bow out last night, were you here or watching it on TV?

NICK KYRGIOS: I was in my room, yeah. I watched towards the end of it, yeah.

Q. Is that motivational to you? Do you want to push on and take over his mantle?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I would love to. I thought it was really sad seeing him go. Seeing his family come on the court was pretty emotional.

Yeah, for me, I wasn't tearing up, but I obviously felt pretty sad. I'm doing everything I can to try to take over for what he's left. But I'm a bit far away now. There's a little work to do.

Q. Quite a different atmosphere in Rod Laver compared to Hisense. Did it take you a while to figure out how to connect with everyone in there, get the crowd behind you?

NICK KYRGIOS: Not so much. I played there a couple times. I played three matches there. I'm used to it now. I didn't come out slow. I thought he was straight from the get-go so aggressive and maybe caught me off guard a little bit.

Q. Any update on your coaching situation? What's your plan there going forward this year?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I haven't really thought too much about it. I'm not really looking. I am but I'm not. I think I'm pretty content at the moment.

Q. Looking forward to mixed?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I'm really looking forward to mixed. Probably keeping me in the best mood.

Q. Seemed like you were having fun in the third set. How much fun were you having?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I was having a lot of fun actually. I think from the start, it just has to be like that. I maybe walked out there too serious. Maybe walked out there trying to focus too much on what I had to do. I probably should just go out there and try to enjoy myself, have fun, not take it so seriously, probably like the third set.

Q. Do you need something to rile you up to get you playing like you played in the third?

NICK KYRGIOS: I don't really know what happened. It just happened. I relaxed. I wasn't taking it so seriously. I sort of just let it happen. Didn't force it.

Q. Daria reaching the fourth round, your thoughts?

NICK KYRGIOS: Pretty amazing. She's a new Aussie. I always love seeing other Aussies doing well. Especially at the home Grand Slam, she's going to be over the moon with that. She's playing high-level tennis. I think she's going to go far. She competes really, really well.

Q. What is your program from here on in?

NICK KYRGIOS: Don't remind me.

I actually don't know. I have mixed tomorrow. I'm looking forward to that. Who knows.

Q. You don't have any tournaments?

NICK KYRGIOS: I do, but... yeah.

Q. That forehand you smacked when he was serving in the third set, is that one of the best shots you ever hit?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, that was pretty cool. I actually practiced that a fair bit in practice. When I pull one of those off, it's a good feeling.

Q. I think you threw a ball at the spider cam today. Does it bother you when it comes down on you?

NICK KYRGIOS: Not really. I just felt like doing it.

Q. Do you come out of these big tournaments and feel like you want to have a break from tennis?

NICK KYRGIOS: Not a break. I'm so disappointed, like I put so much work in, and I just feel like I let a lot of people down.

Q. What were you saying to the umpire at the end?


Q. Sounded like you said some words about his refereeing of the match, from what people heard.

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I just told him what I thought. I don't think he controlled the match well. He let a guy throw a ball back into play, which for me is pretty unprofessional. As I said previously, you know, music playing during points. First time I've ever seen it happen.

Q. Why do you feel you've let a lot of people down? Everyone has to lose sometime.

NICK KYRGIOS: Djokovic doesn't lose (smiling). Is that not good enough?

Q. Why have you let people down?

NICK KYRGIOS: I don't know. I was expecting a bit more out of myself. I don't know. I was expecting like another real deep run. I put a lot of work in. It's pretty heartbreaking.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your training. You seem to be doing some perhaps unorthodox approaches to your training. Like the net with six guys.

NICK KYRGIOS: That's not training. That's a bit of fun. Those are the guys I grew up with, played a lot. They're always supporting me. Always been good friends, always been there when I've been down. Those guys, I like to keep involved whenever I can. If they're hitting partners or being around this experience, I know for them it means a lot. Got to keep them involved.

Q. It is important to be playing these top-10 guys so you're getting in the zone?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, for sure. This is why I play the game. I was excited once I beat Cuevas. I knew I was playing Tomas. We played a couple times IPTL. It was tough. I knew I would have to play some of my best tennis to win. I knew I wasn't the favorite, but I definitely felt like I should have won. I just put a lot of pressure on myself.

It's a good experience as well. I know what I have to do now to get better.
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