Kyrgios credits impressive comeback for win over Carreno Busta – ‘I applied so much pressure on his serve’


Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios put on a spectacular display as he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta at the Terra Wortmann Open Halle on Friday, advancing to his third tour-level semi-final of 2022.

The former world No. 13 cruised to a 6-4 6-2 win over the sixth seed, tossing 13 aces and a stunning 37 winners in just an hour and nine minutes.

“I feel so comfortable on the grass,” Kyrgios said after the game. “Today wasn’t easy at all. The scoreline suggests it, but he’s a dangerous player on all surfaces. He hits the ball quite flat, and he knows how to win games.

“I knew today I just had to take care of my serve and be locked in from the floor because he’s a tough competitor.”

The win confirms Kyrgios’ hard-fought triumph over world number 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. The Aussie admitted he was keen to avoid falling behind against Carreno Busta like he did against the Greek.

“Against Tsitsipas, I wanted to get that first set,” he said. “I know how much it means to dominate these top players from the start. Today, from the start, I applied so much pressure on his serve, and I think I just came back very well today.

In Saturday’s semi-final, Kyrgios will face Hubert Hurkacz as he aims to reach his first tour-level league game of the season. The Aussie could reach 30th place if he can claim a seventh ATP Tour trophy at the ATP 500 event.

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