The Australian easily overcame compatriot Alex de Minaur in straight sets.
Nick Kyrgios was in a hurry on Thursday – the day after his emphatic win over world No.1 Daniil Medvedev, the Australian took just 1h04 to sweep countryman Alex De Minaur and storm into the Masters 1000 quarter-finals of Montreal, where it is vol. be waiting for Hubert Hurkacz.
To say the world No.37 is euphoric, since his final loss at Wimbledon in early July and his title in Washington last week, which ended a three-year drought, is an understatement. Kyrgios cruised past 21st-ranked Minaur 6-2, 6-3, his 15th win in 16 matches.
“I am happy with my performance today. After beating Medvedev yesterday, my confidence is incredibly high“, he agreed.
Formidable in power and efficiency, he grabbed his compatriot by the throat from the start, breaking him twice in quick succession. He won the first four games in 11 minutes, scoring almost everything he set out to do, whether it was from the baseline or the volley.
The beginning of the second set was a little more contested, De Minaur taking advantage of a relaxation of his opponent to break away. But Kyrgios immediately recovered by calmly holding serve, then extended his lead with a double break.
The Australian, as talented as he was volcanic, still made a few points with a 5-2 30/0 on his serve, leaving De Minaur to reduce the score. But after ranting loudly in the direction of his camp in the stands, as he often does, he finished the job cleanly.
Kyrgios continues, therefore, with his more than perfect American summer, which has illustrated for a few months a real renaissance, after two dark years loaded with depression and suicidal thoughts.
More than two weeks before the US Open, he appears, given the probable absence of Novak Djokovic, prevented from entering the United States because he has not been vaccinated, as a very serious candidate for the title. Like the incumbent and world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal, they also returned to the top in 2022 with their Australian Open and Roland-Garros crowns, taking their record to 22 Majors won
But the 27-year-old must first continue his journey to Montreal, despite the fatigue that is beginning to weigh on his legs. “I have to play, do physical therapy, eat, sleep, play. It’s exhausting, but that’s sport. I miss home, I won’t lie. I haven’t seen my mom and dad for about three months.»
Ruud thanks the weather gods
His next opponent will be Hubert Hurkacz (10th), who barely defeated the Spaniard Albert Ramos (43rd) by 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 7-6 (7/3). The Pole beat him this year, in their first meeting, in the semi-finals of the Halle grass court tournament, which he later won.
Casper Ruud, who remains the top seed in the draw after the early eliminations of Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas, also qualified, winning 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/4) 6- 4 Roberto Bautista, after a fight of 3h19.
In search of a fourth title this season, after those collected on the clay courts of Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad, the Norwegian did not fail.”thank the weather gods“, the interruption of the match after the second set, for 69 minutes, due to rain, having”allow you to take a breather and regain some energy“.
He will need some in the quarters against the stage regional Felix Auger-Aliassime (9th), expeditious (6-3, 6-4) to get revenge on Britain’s Cameron Norrie (11th), who had beaten him in the middle of Los Cabos last week.
Other qualifiers, the American Tommy Paul (34th) and the British Daniel Evans (39th) who will oppose each other on Friday.
Jack Draper (82nd), who took advantage of the abandonment of Gaël Monfils (20th), hit on the right foot, will face the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta (23rd).