Nick Kyrgios looked in top form as he kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a brilliant victory over Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
Kyrgios, dressed in a “fresh” new outfit, blasted his way to a straight sets victory in front of a vocal Aussie crowd beating Sonego 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-1).
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The Australian 23rd seed got a solid workout from the world No.53 but was never broken and eased to victory in two hours and 13 minutes.
Following the match, Kyrgios dedicated the win to Aussie ATP Cup teammate and friend Alex de Minaur.
The highest-ranked Aussie had to pull out of the Australian Open after suffering an abdominal injury during the ATP Cup.
Kyrgios signed the camera with a devil face, referencing de Minaur’s nickname ‘The Demon’.
The Aussie will play the winner of the match between Pablo Cuevas and Gilles Simon in the second round.
Lights out at Aus Open
Kyrgios’ first round match against Lorenzo Sonego was brought to a grinding halt when the lights at Melbourne Arena went out mid-way through the second set.
The courts looked more like a concert venue for a few minutes as fans took their phones out and waved them around in the semi-darkness as both players waited for the lights to be turned back on.
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There didn’t seem to be a major issue with the modern LED lighting, which was switched back on in a matter of minutes.
It did come as an interruption for Kyrgios, who was forced to take a seat on his serve at 3-4 in the second set.