Kyrgios manages Montreal win after three injury retirements
dpa Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 2:39 pm TWN
MONTREAL - Injury-prone Nick Kyrgios played in pain but completed his first match since the French Open on Monday to reach the second round of the Montreal Masters.
The fragile Aussie had quit in his last three matches, failing to finish at Queen's club, Wimbledon and last week in Washington.
Kyrgios, whose ranking has slipped to 24, produced the welcome win in 50 minutes as he hammered Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-2 with eight aces and four breaks of serve; he needed even match points to finally prevail.
All of the Kyrgios withdrawals have been blamed on hip and shoulder problems, which he says are still a worry.
"I was still in pain, but I played okay today. I know I can still win matches not being 100 per cent. I've just got to keep doing the right things. I'm getting a lot of treatment, trying to do my rehab every day.
"I'm doing everything I can."
The 22-year-old, whose dedication to the sport has been an open question after he said he preferred basketball to his profession, said that he is trying to peak for major summer hardcourt events, headed by the US Open starting in three weeks.
"I've been struggling the last couple months with a bunch of things. I wake up, I want to play. And then I wake up and, I don't know, some days I don't."
"I didn't hit the ball extremely well. I didn't serve great. For me, it was an okay match."
American Jared Donaldson earned the first upset of the week, putting out French 13th seed Lucas Pouille 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8). Dutchman Robin Haase dispatched Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-3.
German Mischa Zverev reached the second round over Slovak Norbet Gombos 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. Robin Haase defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-3.
French showman Gael Monfils rallied for a comeback after a slow start, beating American Steve Johnson 7-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. He was joined in the second round by compatriot Benoit Paire, who put out Donald Young 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
"At 4-3 in the second set, I started putting the ball in the court," Monfils said. "I was able to move better and make it more difficult for him.
"From then on, I was able to get some more opportunities and I was able to make him have some doubts. Before that I was not confident and had trouble moving. I felt little pains here and there. It took me a long time to start feeling better and more fluid."
American Ryan Harrison stopped Italy's Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 7-5; Spanish veteran David Ferrer stormed back after dropping the first set to beat Briton Kyle Edmund 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3.
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