Nick Kyrgios beat Novak Djokovic 7-6 7-5 earlier today to move into the semi-finals of the Abierto Mexicana Telcel at Acapucolco. It was an incredible performance, and once again outlined the immense talent that Kyrgios’ possesses. That talent has never been in doubt, but tennis followers have agonized over the mental aspect of his game. Indeed, he has been prone to some outrageous, and sometimes comical, shenanigans on the tennis court. Today against Djokovic, who is widely regarded as one of the best players ever to have played the game, Kyrgios showed exactly what he is capable of when he is on song.
There are several incredible stats which have followed Kyrgios’ dismantling of the world No. 2, many of which outline exactly why tennis fans and experts are so excited about Kyrgios’ potential. Here, I list some of the more eye-catching ones:
Kyrgios has now beaten each of the Big 3 in his first attempt, and they’ve all been on 3 different surfaces!
The so called Big 3 – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – are giants of the game, boasting a combined total of 44 major titles between them. And Nick Kyrgios has now beaten all 3 of them in his first attempt, with each of those 3 encounters coming on a different surface. He beat Nadal on the grass of Wimbledon, Federer on the clay in Madrid, and now Djokovic on a hard court in Acapulco.
Kyrgios’ win-loss record is now 3-1 against top 2 and 5-7 against top 10 players.
We’ve already seen that he is capable of beating the very best. This just illustrates the fact even more. With today’s victory, he is now 3-1 against the players ranked in the top 2 in the world, and 5-7 against players ranked in the top 10. If he has to one day win the really big tournaments, he would need to beat the best players, and clearly he has shown that he has the ability to do that.
Djokovic won just 20.5% of return points, his lowest ever in a tour match.
Kyrgios produced an outstanding service display against one of the greatest returners of all time. Djokovic won just 20.5% of return points today, which is literally unheard of. The next lowest throughout Djokovic’s career has been 21.3% – once back in 2007 against Fabrice Santoro and once against Federer in Cincinnati, 2015.
So can Nick Kyrgios keep up this level of tennis on a consistent basis? Does he have the mental character and fortitude to be a fixture at the top of men’s tennis? Let us know what you think in the comments below.