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If you tuned in for the Miami Masters yesterday, you may have witnessed an absolute masterclass from the talented Aussie, Nick Kyrgios. He went up against an in-form Rublev, who is also a top 10 player I might add! But in the space of just 51 minutes, Kyrgios walked away with the win by a score of 6-3 6-0. Nick Kyrgios hit 10 aces during the match, and he managed to break the Russian an incredible five times.
For me, it wasn’t just the scoreline and the serving display that Kyrgios put on that has prompted this reaction. It’s the fact that he seemed calm, composed, and somewhat disciplined out there on the court. I know – it’s incredible to even use these words and Nick Kyrgios in the same sentence these days.
Having watched his game against Rublev, I think many fans are starting to wonder whether Nick could actually go all the way. Let’s not forget that he’s almost won the Miami Masters before, losing an epic final to Federer back in 2017. So could he really do it? Let’s take a look.
Kyrgios for Miami Glory? It Is Possible
In my personal opinion, I believe that it is unlikely that he will go all the way, but it is by no means an impossibility. Nick Kyrgios is one of the most talented guys on tour, there is no denying that. However, while we all know how talented he is, his mental game sometimes lets him down. Again, that’s something that all tennis fans also understand. So what needs to happen if he is to win the tournament?
The Kyrgios serve has become the stuff of legend on the ATP Tour. He is able to hit his serve with incredible speed, and his accuracy has also been sublime of late. This was apparent at the Aussie Open, Indian Wells, and it’s already apparent in Miami. If he is to win the event, he needs to keep hitting his spots, and he needs to serve at a high percentage to beat the top guys.
This isn’t strictly anything to do with his tennis-playing capabilities. However, discipline has been something that Nick has struggled with out there on the court. He sometimes lets his emotions get the better of him. He has been known to tank a few games here and there, and he certainly likes to go for crowd-pleasers instead of finishing the point. Then again – that’s all part of what makes Kyrgios such a hit among tennis fans.
In addition to his discipline, I absolutely feel that the motivation needs to be there for Kyrgios to go all the way in Miami. It’s a pretty well-known fact that Kyrgios struggles to enjoy his tennis unless playing the best in the world. And he also loves the big stage. With Miami being a Masters event, this should light the flame and get him going.
Should he squeeze past Fognini in the next round, I believe anything is possible for him in Miami!