On top of the world … and in top Nick
Canberra's Nick Kyrgios in action at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Photo: Getty Images
Canberra's Nick Kyrgios has lived up to his junior world No. 1 ranking, moving through round two of the boys' singles and doubles in quick succession at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Kyrgios, who officially became the top junior on Monday, had no trouble accounting for New Zealander Cameron Norrie on show court three, winning 6-3, 6-1.
The Watson teen said he felt no extra pressure of expectation on the court with his top ranking.
"It's something I've been working for for the last couple of years, trying to really get that No. 1 spot, and I think it's just given me confidence," he said.
"It's a great accomplishment … a lot of top players have been No. 1 [in juniors] and have gone on to be great players, so I'm happy to get out there knowing I can back myself.
"I've always believed in myself and I've got to the No. 1 spot obviously backing myself under pressure, so I'll just keep doing that."
Kyrgios, 17, barely had time for lunch and a shower after his win and he was back on court less than 90 minutes later with doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis to face Italian Filippo Baldi and Czech Robin Stanek.
Kyrgios, who won two grand slam doubles titles in 2012, and the big-serving Kokkinakis, from South Australia, dominated the No. 3 seeds, winning 6-3, 6-1, and leaving Kyrgios eyeing another trophy.
"Now is sort of our first time playing together and we played unbelievable today, so I'm really excited. I'm really confident that we can take it all the way,'' Kyrgios said after the match.
''I know me and Thanasi, when we play our best, I think we're just [at] another level."
Kyrgios will next face countryman Omar Jasika in round three of the singles, with a quarter-final contest next up in the doubles, against Enzo Couacaud, of France, and Stefano Napolitano, of Italy.
Kyrgios will again have a short turnaround between his two matches on Wednesday, but is confident his body is up to it after battling a knee complaint earlier in the summer.
"It's tough but it's all part of it, recovering and getting on to the next match, and I've got a great support team around me,'' he said.
"I'm actually feeling really well. I didn't play with my knee taped in that doubles, so it's getting a lot better."