Kyrgios Passes Second British Test At Queen's Club
The 23-year-old edged British No. 1 Kyle Edmund 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-3 in two hours and 11 minutes to reach his first quarter-final at The Queen's Club, booking a meeting with defending champion Feliciano Lopez of Spain.
"I thought it was a pretty high-level match from both players," said Kyrgios. "Obviously I served really, really well. I found my rhythm quite early."
Kyrgios was dominant behind his serve, hitting 32 aces and winning 88 per cent of points on his first delivery. The World No. 21, who reached the MercedesCup semi-finals on his return to singles action last week, had lost in the first round on his previous three visits to the event between 2015 and 2017. Kyrgios competed in just four singles events in the first five months of the season due to a right elbow injury.
With neither player able to make inroads in their return games, the first set quickly reached a tie-break conclusion with Edmund the first to blink. The 2016 quarter-finalist miscued on his forehand side at 1/1 and soon found himself down 1/4 after two unreturnable serves from the Aussie. Kyrgios later clinched the set, on his first set point, with a ripped backhand passing shot.
While Edmund continually struggled to find an answer to Kyrgios' strong serving, the Australian did manufacture multiple break-point chances of his own. But Edmund, with aggressive serving, rose to the challenge. The Briton saved break points in three of his six service games to reach a second tie-break.
From there, he made his first breakthrough. Edmund raced to a 4/0 advantage and, despite relinquishing his lead for 5/5, levelled the match with a backhand winner and a powerful serve up the centre line.
An error-filled fourth game from Edmund handed Kyrgios the first break of the match for 3-1 and that was all he needed, clinching the victory with a well-placed backhand up the line.
"I got a bit tight towards the end of the match, which is normal," said Kyrgios. "I haven't played a lot of matches in the past couple of months... We had been playing for a couple of hours and the level had been pretty good. I got pretty tight. Apart from that, I'm always pretty relaxed and 32 aces helps."
Kyrgios improves to 15-5 this season and moves forward to face Lopez for the fifth time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (2-2). The Brisbane International presented by Suncorp champion has won both of their previous grass-court encounters, including their quarter-final clash last week in Stuttgart.
Did You Know?
Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios will meet again, in doubles quarter-final action, on Thursday at the Fever-Tree Championships. Edmund and partner Neal Skupski will meet Lleyton Hewitt and Kyrgios for a place in the semi-finals.