Nick Kyrgios complains of marijuana smell during US Open second round win over Denis Shapovalov
Australian tennis superstar Nick Kyrgios was in demand following his thrilling win over Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the US Open.
The Australian was among the stars as he claimed a 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-2 triumph in New York, which gave him a 5-0 record in the event.
Kyrgios was at his very best while serving to break up the challenge of the world No. 9 and showed his ability to adapt to a varied style of play, including his trademark inside-out serve against his opponent.
It was his first career win over Shapovalov, who was making his tournament debut.
In the first set, Kyrgios took the first two games and held Shapovalov at bay to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Ukrainian.
Shapovalov got off to a strong start in the second, breaking Kyrgios to force the tie-break. However, after the match, Kyrgios admitted his team had failed to send him a mask to help him breathe during the game.
Kyrgios, who is known for his aggressive style of play, later admitted he had to “let go of the ball too much” to stop his opponent.
“In the second set I started playing a different style because he did his stuff, it wasn’t really fair.
“Then in the tie-break I lost the ball a lot. Normally I don’t do that when I’m on the move but he did and I lost the ball a lot. I don’t know why.”
After the match, he admitted his team should have given him a mask to help him breathe during the match.
“Maybe I should have been able to breathe normally. I’ve tried a few times to take a deep breath but I couldn’t. They should have given me a mask before,” he said.
Kyrgios admitted it was surprising he had struggled in his first ever major.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I got into the US Open and it was my first big tournament. Obviously when you start playing, you have