Australian 29th seed Nick Kyrgios cruised into the second round of the Australian Open after beating Pablo Carreno Busta on Monday.
Kyrgios looked very impressive in beating his Spanish opponent 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 31 minutes at the Hisense Arena.
The young Australian used his powerful serve and deft touch to comfortably reach the second round where he will face Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay who beat Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 7-6(5), 6-1, 6-4.
Carreno Busta took the match to his opponent in the second set but was broken in the 12th game to hand the set to Kyrgios.
In the third set, Kyrgios broke serve in the second and eighth games to win the match and set 6-2.
Afterwards, the Australian said that he was nervous when first coming out on court. “I was actually very nervous coming out here,” Kyrgios said.
“Obviously, I haven’t played a real match (this year before this). I played the Hopman Cup and had a great week there.
“Coming out here with the memories I have from last year, it was really special to get the win on my favourite court in the world.
“It was really special to come out and play in front of you fans again and get the win,” he added.
On other men’s singles results, ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 while Spanish 24th seed Roberto Bautista worked extremely hard to get past Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2 in three hours and 19 minutes.
Italian 28th seed Andreas Seppi battled past Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, 7-6(10) and Marco Trungelliti of Argentina beat Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia 6-4, 7-6(1), 7-5.
France’s Quentin Halys downed Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5 while Australia’s Omar Jasika beat Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Bulgarian 27th seed Grigor Dimitrov got past Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-3, 7-6(8), 6-3.
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