Kyrgios: „Hitting with Roger was unreal“

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Nick Kyrgios belongs to a group of young guns who are touted to make life more difficult for the established names in the near future. The big-serving 19 year-old from Australia is regarded as a great talent and supposed to be next in line of many high-flying tennis players from down under. Currently ranked No. 160 in the world, Kyrgios received a wild card for the French Open where he lost in straight sets to Canada’s Milos Raonic. „Milos was too good for me, but I’ll go away and get better“, Kyrgios told LetsTalkTennis after his 1st round exit.

A real highlight, however, awaited Kyrgios in advance of his main draw appearance at Roland Garros. Kyrgios got invited by Roger Federer to spend a week practising with him in Zürich. In this interview with LetsTalkTennis, Kyrgios talks about his time with Roger in Switzerland, the rocky road to being a pro and reveals the names of his best friends on tour.

What was the toughest aspect of your transition from junior to pro?

I still feel I am in that transition really, until I am well established inside the top 100 I would say that I have not fully transferred. The obvious thing is going down to the smaller events again although I have managed to move through the levels pretty quickly. The men’s game is so much more physical too and I’ve had to work hard and keep working hard to improve my physicals.

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Federer: „I’ll have to take it from day to day“

After his loss against Daniel Brands in Gstaad, Roger Federer gave an interview to Heinz Günthardt, a former pro and a commentator for Swiss TV. Federer talked about his back problems and his plans for the near future.

Roger Federer, people talked a lot about your back problems during the last few days, and they were also the main topic at the press conference. How did these problems affect your game?

The impact was perhaps not as great as one could have expected; I was able to play without feeling hardly any pain. That’s why it was probably more about tennis than about my back. It’s true that we talked a lot about my back at the press conference, but that was primarily because I was going through a bit of a bad patch during the last 7 or 10 days. I never really got to practice without any problems; some days I wasn’t even able to train at all and it was therefore difficult to deliver a top performance. I knew that the match against Brands wouldn’t be an easy one. I was glad that I was able to play at all – for quite some time, it hadn’t looked as though that would even be possible. But after today’s practice I told myself “Yes, I’m fit enough to play this match.” That’s why there’s no other excuse than that my match preparation wasn’t ideal. In the end, Brands was just the better player today.

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