Daniil Medvedev wasn’t exactly convincing in his appraisal for his next Australian Open opponent Nick Kyrgios ahead of their match on Thursday.
The No.1 seed takes on the popular Aussie for a place in the third round in what is set to be a lively encounter with Kyrgios set to use the home support to his advantage.
During his first-round win over Liam Broady, the 26-year-old delighted a raucous crowd with tweener trick shots, Cristiano Ronaldo-type celebrations and even took a sip of a fan’s beer post-match.
We can expect similar antics in today’s meeting as he looks to extend his 2-0 record over the Russian and Medvedev is well aware of the dangers he possesses.
‘He’s definitely a character,’ Medvedev said.
‘You know, I think probably like almost everybody in the world, there are some things I adore in what he does and some things I don’t like.
‘I’m not gonna tell what exactly, but as you say, you know, he’s kind of going to extreme almost all the time he’s on court.
‘Liam is a great player but his experience on that court in that situation, when the crowd is going nuts, he has never experienced that before,’ Kyrgios said.
‘Hence the reason why on breakpoints I’m trying to get the crowd up, get him to feel the pressure a little bit more.
‘I think from the get-go, I know I’ve got the crowd in the palm of my hand.’
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