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Kyrgios Storms Into Second Round

Nick Kyrgios stormed into the second round of the Australian Open after a comfortable 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Rogerio Dutra Silva on Monday.

After winning the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp in the first week of the season, Kyrgios looked as sharp as ever, competing with real confidence that he can go deep in the draw and improve on his best result in Melbourne - a quarter-final showing in 2015.

Nick Kyrgios fires 16 aces in a 87-minute win over Rogerio Dutra Silva at the Australian Open on Monday.
Kyrgios landed 16 aces in the 87-minute encounter, but admitted experiencing nerves early in the match in front of his home crowd. “I was a bit nervous going out there. [I am] happy to get through,” said Kyrgios. “I loosened up a little bit in the third set... ultimately, I thought it was a pretty good performance.”

Kyrgios rolled through the first set, breaking twice in the fourth and sixth games before serving out to 15. Breaking in the opening game of the second set, Kyrgios continued to stamp his authority on the match in the second set with just two points dropped on serve to establish a 2-0 lead. Dutra Silva was rewarded for his aggressive play in the third set, hitting 17 winners, but could not recover from 0/40 down on serve in the seventh game and that break of serve would be enough for Kyrgios, who served out the match three games later on his first match point.

The Australian No. 1 was quick to point out that despite the score, he struggled from nerves playing as the main hope in front of a crowd, which hasn’t seen an Australian winner since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

“Obviously people expect me to do very well here, but I guess you just put the added pressure on yourself. You want to do well in front of your home crowd… to make them proud.”

That pressure will only increase as the 22-year-old progresses, but Kyrgios knows he can’t look too far ahead with Viktor Troicki waiting in the next round. Troicki, who has won two of his three ATP World Tour titles in Australia, snapped a five-match losing streak to topple Australian wild card Alex Bolt 6-7(2), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 earlier in the day.

“I know what he's going to bring. He's a tough competitor,” said Kyrgios. “He has got a good serve and a great backhand. He has been on the Tour for a long time and won a lot of matches. In the Grand Slams, he has made the fourth round a lot of times. He knows the ups and downs that come in a Grand Slam match. Today, he was two sets to love down and obviously it didn't faze him very much. He came back and won. That's not easy to do.”

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