Former World No. 1 States Nick Kyrgios ‘Ace Serves’ Will Make the Difference at Australian Open 2021

Published 01/31/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)


Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios is one of the highly talented players on the men’s Tour. When he made his debut, he was tipped to do wonders in the sport. He got off to a good start having managed to beat the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer in their first meeting. 

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Nick has not played a competitive match since early last season. The Australian withdrew from his opening round match midway at Acapulco due to a wrist injury, where he was the defending champion. After that, he decided not to be part of the US Open citing fears of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nick Kyrgios of Australia (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain at the net following their Men’s Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Lleyton Hewitt believes Nick Kyrgios is hitting the ball well ahead of the Australian Open

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As the new season begins, former Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt feels the break Nick took away from the game will benefit him. He said, “I think Nick has a bit of a break away from the sport, for his body and mind, is a good thing. He looks to be hitting the ball well, clean, and he relies on his serve and is serving big at the moment.”

Krygios will be part of Australia’s team at the ATP Cup and the Australian legend feels it will be good for him to play some competitive tennis prior to the Australian Open

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Will Kyrgios’ lack of match fitness play a part?

The former World No. 1 further added, “I think it’s important for Nick to get some of those nerves out of the way this week. Because he hasn’t played a match for so long, though, it’s not going to be easy for him.

“Trying to just switch it on for five-set tennis when you haven’t played for nearly a year isn’t going to be easy. He’s hitting the ball well enough to push deep in the Australian Open for sure.”

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In the previous season’s Australian Open, Nick beat Karen Khachanov in five thrilling sets, which was his longest match at the event. However, he lost to Rafael Nadal in the following round.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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