Australian tennis ace Nick Kyrgios has continued his winning ways in the ATP Cup by spearheading Australia’s quarter-final tie against Great Britain with a dominant 6-2,6-2 victory over Cam Norris in their opening singles rubber at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney on Wednesday morning.
The win against the Brit follows Kyrgios’s impressive three sets win over Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas in their group match on Tuesday evening.
Kyrgios, who so often draws criticism for his on court behaviour, is currently proving to be the object of the Australian fans affection. One fan held up the sign, “I told my Boss I was sick, so I could come and see Nick”. Against Norris, he didn’t disappoint, producing another crowd-pleasing performance combining a great array of shots, executed with flair and unpredictability (the under arm serve was again used to good effect), combined with a formidable conventional serve which delivered 11 aces.
The outgunned Norris broke Kyrgios’s service just once in the entire match, however Kyrgios broke back immediately to take out the second set and the match in just a little over one hour. At courtside, immediately after the match, Kyrgios praised the Australian team’s culture.
“Our team’s got each others’ backs,” he said.
“One of my good friends Jordan Thompson was here today so that made me play a bit better.
“But I love the team event.
“Rusty (Hewitt) is the best captain and all the teammates supporting each other, being there for one another and it’s paying off.”
If Australia successfully progress past Great Britain in the quarter final, it will meet the winner of Friday’s quarter final between Spain and Belgium in the semi- final on Saturday evening.
The other semi-final will pit the winner of the Russia v Argentina quarter final on Thursday evening, against the winner of Friday’s quarter final between Serbia and Canada.