Tennis – ATP Halle – Kyrgios, seriousness … and pleasure: “Tennis has been so rigid for so long”

And three. After Houston (defeat against Opelka) and Stuttgart (defeat against Murray), Nick Kyrgios offered himself the right to play a third semi-final in three weeks, thanks to his victory against Pablo Carreno Busta (6-4, 6-2 ) on Friday, near Halle. With, of course, the desire to go all the way this time. This will require first dismissing Hubert Hurkacz, seeded No. 5.

And the 65th player in the world, who fell for Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round, will obviously have the arguments to do so, he who has just confirmed his excellent dispositions at the moment, in particular on a surface he loves so much. “I feel so good on grasshe savored at a press conference. Today was not easy at all, even if the scoreboard suggests it. He is a dangerous player on all surfaces. He hits balls flat, and knows how to win games.”

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On Friday, Kyrgios had a clear plan: “I knew I just had to deliver on my serve and be solid from the baseline.” And he applied it to the letter. The 27-year-old won the game’s first twelve points on his face-off, only to lose seven in total. While attacking the Spaniard as much as possible in return. “From the start I put so much pressure on his serve, and I think I returned very well,” he congratulated himself.

All I’ve done is underhand service

“I had good periods in my career, but I’m very happy with this performance”, he added. It was therefore a satisfied Kyrgios who came out of the court, where he did his best to offer a show to the German public… who were not always receptive. Or not entirely. If the crowd appreciated his tweener or his delicious cushioning, the reactions were more divided after an underhand serve that Carreno Busta did not even try to return.

“Tennis has been so rigid for so long. All I’ve done is underarm servehe reacted to this subject. It wasn’t much, but the audience went crazy. They’re so used to seeing the same thing all the time. When someone like me comes along and does different things, that’s all it takes.” As long as the manner remains at the service of efficiency, no one can blame it.

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