On Tuesday afternoon at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers at IGA Stadium in Montréal, 27-year-old Nick Kyrgios kept the momentum going after his triumph in Washington last week.
The unorthodox Australian defeated 21-year-old Argentine Sebastian Baez 6-4, 6-4 in 85 minutes of sometimes excellent, sometimes disjointed, play.
Kyrgios got ahead 5-0 in the first set, but some questionable choices, like a tweener, forced him to stay on court a little longer.
In the second set, he broke his opponent’s serve and collected four match points, three of which he proceeded to waste.
“I’ve been playing pretty well since Wimbledon,” he said after the win. “I feel motivated and I always like to play in front of an enthusiastic crowd. I’d like to continue to put on a good show and win.”
An interesting challenge lies ahead: World No.1 Daniil Medvedev, who’s the logical favourite to leave here with the winner’s trophy.
RUNE STILL IN THE RACE
There were several other matches on the outer courts.
Daniel Evans of Great Britain got the upper hand in a strange match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia that ended 6-2, 1-6, 6-0.
The superbly elegant Gaël Monfils of France had some ups and downs but was ultimately able to prevail over Pedro Martinez of Spain (7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2). Jack Draper of Great Britain stolidly ousted Hugo Gaston of France (6-2, 6-3). As for Roberto Bautista Agut (14), he sent American qualifier Marcos Giron packing in two sets (7-6 (5), 6-3).
Finally, 19-year-old Danish teen Holger Rune continued his rise by conquering Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 7-5 in just 1 hour and 41 minutes.