Nick Kyrgios is displaying no rust on clay.
Earlier than arriving in Houston, the Australian had not competed on the floor since 2019. Nonetheless, the wild card has performed properly on the crimson dust, and on Wednesday he defeated American Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-2 to achieve the quarter-finals of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Males’s Clay Court docket Championship.
“He’s an excellent participant. He’s younger and he’s already proven what he can do and who he can beat,” Kyrgios stated in his on-court interview. “I needed to be locked in at this time and I knew that I needed to serve properly. It’s in all probability one of many higher matches I’ve performed on clay in my profession, so I’m fairly pleased with the way in which I got here out right here at this time, simply put my head down and went to work.”
Paul is a confirmed clay-court competitor, having received the 2015 Roland Garros boys’ singles title. However Kyrgios was in management all through the 70-minute match, through which he saved all six break factors he confronted. The 26-year-old hit 10 aces and received 88 per cent of his first-serve factors to earn a quarter-final conflict in opposition to fortunate loser Michael Mmoh.
“I have been serving rather well, so I simply needed to maintain to good habits,” Kyrgios stated.
The American, who moved into the draw when Casper Ruud withdrew as a consequence of tooth ache, defeated countryman Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4 in 75 minutes. Mmoh will attempt to attain his first ATP Tour semi-final.
Prime Seeds Ebden/Purcell Advance In Doubles
Australian Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell, who made this yr’s Australian Open closing, cruised previous residence favourites Steve Johnson and Querrey 6-2, 6-2 to earn a spot within the quarter-finals. The second seeds, nonetheless, didn’t have the identical success.
People Robert Galloway and Jackson Withrow upset Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and former doubles World No. 1 Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 6-4. Serbian twins Ivan Sabanov and Matej Sabanov additionally superior with a 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 win in opposition to Deal with Huey and Denis Kudla.
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