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Montreal | Kyrgios battles through pain

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 tennis Nick 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.


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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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