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Beijing Open | Kyrgios perseveres despite sickness

Beijing Open | Kyrgios perseveres despite sickness
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Nick Kyrgios, recovering from an illness, has reached the second round of the China Open with a straight sets victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

In his first tour-level match since a devastating Davis Cup semi-final loss to David Goffin, the controversial Aussie swept past the Georgian 6-1 6-2 in less than an hour to set up an enticing match with Mischa Zverev, the German he ‘tanked’ against last year at the Shanghai Masters for which he was suspended.

I was feeling fine and then, all of a sudden, one game! Nick Kyrgios

But the re-match nearly didn’t materialise as Kyrgios started to complain about feeling sick 26-minutes into the match and then suffering asthma attacks early in the second.

He was forced to call for the tournament doctor and required courtside treatment.

“I was feeling fine and then, all of a sudden, one game,” he said before taking a pill and resuming to hold to love the next game and then breaking Basilashvili for a third time to surge ahead 3-2.

Another break and then his 12th ace and the match was all over after just 55 minutes.

Seeded eighth in Beijing, Kyrgios could face Goffin’s Belgian teammate Steve Darcis in the quarter-finals if he succeeds against Zverev.


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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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