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Canberra player carries nation's Open hopes

Despair not, 17-year-old Canberra tennis ace Nick Kyrgios has restored battered local pride at the Australian Open.

Not one of Australia's 16 main-draw singles entrants made the second week of the Open at Melbourne Park.

But on Monday, Kyrgios will be elevated to world No.1 junior and favourite for the junior boys' championship.

Kyrgios backed up his success at last week's prestigious Open lead-up event at Traralgon with an ominous first-round win in Melbourne.

The powerhouse third seed crushed Turkey's Cem Ilkel 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to lead several Australian juniors into the second round.

''Obviously there was a lot of expectation on my performance this week and I thought I started off well,'' Kyrgios said.


''There's a lot of pressure but going on last week, I've got a lot of confidence and belief in my game now, so I'm really glad my form's there.

''I get the No.1 ranking tomorrow, so possibly winning the whole thing would be my main goal now.

''But I'm just trying to not think about that yet, take it one match at a time, get through these early rounds first and, hopefully, if I get far enough, then I can start thinking about that.''

Kyrgios is hoping to follow in the footsteps of countrymen Bernard Tomic (2008) and Luke Saville (2012) as an Open junior champion.

Other Australian first-round junior winners included Kyrgios' latest doubles partner, Thanasi Kokkinakis, along with Marc Polmans, Akira Santillan, Oliver Anderson, Omar Jasika, Danielle Wagland and Olivia Tjandramulia.

Sara Tomic, the 14-year-old sister of Bernard, will play her second-round match on Monday. AAP