Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios thought Gianluca Mager’s game plan was to be aggressive as much as he could during their Wimbledon second round match.
Kyrgios, a former world No. 13, beat Mager 7-6 (7) 6-4 6-4 to progress into the Wimbledon third round.
Mager was up 5-2 in the first-set tie-break and even had a set point at 6-5 but failed to convert as Kyrgios won a tight opener.
Kyrgios then routinely handled Mager in the following two sets to book a straight-set win.
“[Winning] the first set was huge… I reckon he went out there with a game style knowing, ‘If I play my normal game style, I’m going to get crushed,'” Kyrgios said. “So he played a game style where he didn’t even let me get into rallies much. He was serving big on first and second, trying to get the first strike in whenever he could. He was hitting massive off both sides.
“I finally just leveled myself. I even prepared myself. I said, ‘If I lose this first set, I’m not doing anything wrong.’ Mentally, I was like, ‘I’m just going to continue to go out there, keep serving. I’ll get my chance.'”
Kyrgios enjoyed playing in front of a packed crowd
“Obviously the fan base is awesome. I think the people are just excited to see tennis again, at the end of the day,” he said. “Like crowds seeing Wimbledon, it didn’t seem half capacity like the crowds I played in front of. Yesterday against Humbert full, that stadium full. Pretty cool.”
Kyrgios plays next against Felix Auger-Aliassime.
“I feel like when [fans] come to my matches now, they know how I am,” Kyrgios said. “I’m quite lighthearted. They know it’s a bit of a show. They just want entertainment at the end of the day. Like a couple screaming out asking normal questions about Tottenham Hotspur. It’s a bit odd. It’s crazy out there.”