Roger Federer reprised his Australian Open triumph over Rafael Nadal on Wednesday, sweeping past the Spaniard 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.
Kyrgios’s 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory was a tour de force, brimming with power and precision. He himself said in a post match interview that his mentality is improving, and is trying really hard to fight for every point and just compete.
‘Unfortunately I am unable to play today [Friday] due to sickness.
“He’s beaten all the guys: Novak, myself, Rafa”. Kyrgios fired 25 aces in that 7-6 (9), 7-5 victory, which was his first match against Djokovic. Kyrgios said that aggressive second serve is a cornerstone of his game.
“He was playing better from baseline here than he did in Acapulco”, Djokovic said. I think that´s the most incredible thing about his game.
“Of course I´d like to get him back”, he said on Wednesday. In the first game, Carreno Busta will play against Pablo Cuevas. One could even say it was a knockout, with an even more commanding scoreboard, that had Federer taking the lead early and breaking more to set the tone early.
Nadal, who was ranked No. 1 at the time, was on course to become the first Spanish man to win the Australian Open, while Federer had the opportunity to equal Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14 Grand Slam titles.
At the time, Kyrgios blamed his Melbourne meltdown on “poor management”. So long as there are tennis gods, they will let whatever Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios have now fester into a proper blood feud.
Then again, Novak did decide to play doubles, Federer did not. “Something switched, and now I’m really enjoying it again”, he said. But the maturity and match in, match out, that’s something that he’s searching for, and I do think that at some point when he does want to add a coach, I think it could only help him. “After the Australian hype, to play here in America right away, all of them are very special”. At Indian Wells, the court surfaces were markedly slower but the world No. 10 still outclassed his competitors. “I have to get back to work in a couple of days”. I tried to serve quicker.