Defending champion Roger Federer sees temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios as a gifted participant and a menace on the Australian Open — if he can preserve his focus.
The 19-time Grand Slam winner, who’s coming off a rare 2017 wherein he received two Grand Slams, will probably be up towards a depleted subject when the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months begins at Melbourne Park on Monday, with Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori out injured.
Long-time rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have additionally been struggling within the lead-up, doubtlessly leaving the door open to one of many so-called “NextGen”.
The risky Kyrgios is amongst them and in good type, profitable the lead-up Brisbane International final weekend, beating one other younger gun, Grigor Dimitrov, alongside the best way.
Federer mentioned his current title success had not gone unnoticed.
“He’s (Kyrgios) going through his things, whatever he needs to go through,” the Swiss nice instructed the Herald Sun newspaper Saturday. “But when he’s on, he’s on and he’s actually tough to beat.
“It seems like he’s doing the right things otherwise he wouldn’t be winning tournaments, especially not in Brisbane because being able to cope with the pressure at home is not a simple thing.”
While the 22-year-old Australian crowd-puller, seeded 17, has distinctive expertise, he has usually undermined his talents with petulant outbursts directed on the umpire or followers.
Federer acknowledged he was a piece in progress.
“Similar to my challenge, for him it’s day to day and then week by week, can you keep it up?” he mentioned.
“For me, it’s because of me getting older. For him it’s maybe in his mind and his body because he still needs to work much more than he currently is.”
Federer added: “I think he’s incredibly talented.”
Kyrgios, who made the Australian Open quarter-finals in 2015, will start his 2018 marketing campaign towards Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva.
The Swiss, seeded two, who begins his title defence towards Aljaz Bedene, mentioned he was feeling good and searching ahead to the problem.
“I’m playing well and now it’s just about getting through the matches at the beginning part of the tournament,” Federer mentioned.