Nick Kyrgios seems to have overcome, temporarily at least, the hip injury that has plagued him for large portions of 2017. He beat Paolo Lorenzi 6 – 2, 6 -3 to earn a spot in the third round of the Montreal Masters.
The Aussie needed only one hour and three minutes to post his second dominant win at the tournament, dispatching the no. 38 ranked Lorenzi to advance to the quarterfinals, where he will meet the winner of the Alexander Zverev – Richard Gasquet match.
Kyrgios fans are holding their collective breaths, as young Nick deals with his balky hip. So long as he can get out of the gate quickly and dominate, he has a good chance against anyone in the world, but he tends to fold in the face of adversity.
That adversity might confront Kyrgios squarely, as Roger Federer is in top form and Rafael Nadal has only Boma Coric in his path for the moment.
The Montreal Masters, or the Rogers Cup or the Coupe Rogers, depending on your preference, draws a strong field as players are tuning up for the final Grand Slam tournament of the season, the U.S. Open next month.
Mervyn Rose was the first Aussie to win the Rogers Cup, back in 1953. He was followed by Roy Emerson in 1964, and then Rod laver in 1970 and John Newcombe in 1971. The last Australian winner was Patrick Rafter in 1998, so the Aussie drought is now 18 years.
Things are even more dismal on the women’s side. Margaret Court won in 1970, followed by Evonne Goolagong in 1972 and 1973. Sam Stosur made it to the final in 2011, but had the misfortune of running into Serena Williams.
By Aussie accounts, 1970 was the best year ever, as both the men and women’s singles victors were from down under and both the men and women’s double champions featured at least one Australian.