Montreal | Kyrgios battles through pain
Nick Kyrgios is through to the second round of the ATP’s Rogers Cup in Montreal but is still suffering pain from his hip following what was a relatively easy first round 6- 1 6-2 victory over Viktor Troicki.
I felt good today, obviously. I didn’t feel like I hit the ball extremely well. I didn’t serve great. I thought I served OK. But he played far from his best tennisNick Kyrgios
It only took him 51-minutes which will have suited the Aussie who has retired from his previous three matches because of injuries.
“Still in pain, but I played OK today,” said Kyrgios, the 16th seed, who had quit matches at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon with a nagging hip injury then was booed off the court in Washington last week when he retired with right shoulder trouble.
“I’ve been struggling the last couple months with a bunch of things,” Kyrgios said. “I wake up, I want to play. And then I wake up and, I don’t know, some days I don’t.
“I felt good today, obviously. I didn’t feel like I hit the ball extremely well. I didn’t serve great. I thought I served OK. But he played far from his best tennis.”
In later games, Juan Martin del Potro held off the in-form John Isner 7-5 7-5 despite the American blasting 24 aces past the big Argentine.
“I got lucky to win tonight,” Del Potro said. “Hopefully I can get another draw in the next tournament because nobody wants to play against John in the first round.”
In other action Roberto Bautista Agut defeated past Tim Smyczek 7-6(4) 6-1, while American Jared Donaldson, 66th in the world, provided the first upset of the tournament by knocking out French 13th seed Lucas Pouille, twice a title winner this season, 7-6(5) 7-6(8).
Also out is Britain’s No2, Kyle Edmund who lost to the Spanish veteran David Ferrer 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3 after two and a half hours. Edmund had an early break in the second set but was unable to maintain his momentum as Ferrer rolled back the years to go into the second round.