Nick Kyrgios Wins, Dances Strange Little Boogie After Incredible Shot
For once, it wasn't the angry rant that fans will remember after a Nick Kyrgios match.
It will be the solid all-round tennis, plus a sneaky little dance move thrown in.
The Aussie 28th seed had few problems with America's world number 86 Steve Johnson in their first-round match at the US Open. Kyrgios won 6-3 7-6 6-4.
Here at 10 daily, we've written too many times to count about how there is good Nick Kyrios and bad Nick Kyrgios, and how you can almost bet that you'll see the opposite version from tournament to tournament.
So after his ugly blow-up in Cincinatti -- when a spat with the umpire turned into an uglier actual spit at the umpire -- Kyrgios was due to turn up at Flushing Meadows in New York with his good cape on. And he did just that.
Oh, there was a minor eruption or two, but nothing on the Vesuvius scale.
Mostly, there was his typically solid serving game, plus deft touches round the court. He really can be quite the racquet artist when he's on his game, and there were some lovely highlights -- not least this delightful angled winner as he athletically retrieved a drop shot.
Kyrgios was always more or less in control in this match, but the way he won the second set tie-breaker 7-1 underlined his class.
"It was pretty clean," Kyrgios said of the tie-breaker in his post-match on-court interview. "I knew that was an important set. If he'd won it could have been a different match."
Kyrgios really is quite the tennis player when he feels like being, y'know, an actual tennis player. He's not an absolutely terrible dancer either.
Kyrgios now meets 104th-ranked Antoine Hoang of France in the second round.
If he wins that, he is also guaranteed to meet an unseeded player in the third round, thanks to the surprise first round loss of Stefanos Tsitsipas.
First things first, a day off and a good coffee, if indeed such a thing can be found in New York.
"I’m going to go the café, get a coffee, and chill and all that," he said.
Kyrgios was pretty chilled on court today too. Who knows how far he'll go in this tournament if he stays that way?