Beijing Open | Kyrgios perseveres despite sickness
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.