Cheeky Kyrgios trolls clueless crowd | Innovation Tech
AUSSIE Nick Kyrgios has sailed through to the quarter-finals of the ATP Tour's Atlanta Open after defeating Noah Rubin in straight sets.
The second seed dished out 15 aces to defeat the world No. 164 American 7-5 6-2 in 56 minutes.
Kyrgios claimed the opening set with a massive forehand before dominating the second set.
He made it look like an easy day at the office but it wasn't all business for the 23-year-old as he had plenty of fun on the court.
He took a leaf out of Novak Djokovic's book by taking the mickey out of his fellow professionals, imitating their serving styles from the opening game of the match.
He doesn't do it anymore but Djokovic used to impersonate other stars — male and female — when serving, and now Kyrgios decided he'd have a crack.
The Canberra product did his best impressions of Roger Federer, Gael Monfils and Ivo Karlovic as he saw the lighter side of his outing in Atlanta.
“It's good to have a bit of fun. I still serve pretty good when I do those techniques, so why not?” Kyrgios said when quizzed about his antics after the match.
He may have been having a laugh but the crowd didn't cotton on to what was happening. Tennis writer Erik Gudris tweeted as much after Kyrgios secured victory.
Kyrgios will meet Cameron Norrie for a spot in the semi-final after the British left- hander came from behind to overcome French sixth seed Jeremy Chardy 5-7 6-4 6-4.
“I always feel comfortable playing here,” Kyrgios said. “Obviously, had a fair bit of success here. I just feel comfortable. The court suits my game style. I can serve well, I can make a couple of returns and play aggressively.”
Fellow Australian Matthew Ebden breezed through to the last eight after beating Donald Young 6-4 6-4, overpowering the American wild card in just over an hour.
“I knew he was going to be tough here, because he lives here. He practices in these conditions and he's as comfortable as anyone in these conditions,” Ebden told atpworldtour.com.
“I had to really stay on top of him and I had to really dominate with my game.
“I'm very happy with how I went about it.”
The world No. 55 will now face former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis for a place in the semi-finals after the veteran Cypriot's 7-5 6-1 victory over American fifth seed Frances Tiafoe.
“He's playing well lately. I know he has confidence in himself, that's for sure,” Baghdatis said of Millman.
“It's going to be a tough one. But I'll just try and be as solid as possible like today and like the other day and I'll try to figure the way how to win on the court.”
— with AAP
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