Murray was ready for Kyrgios

Published: Saturday 30th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Andy Murray says he came ready for Nick Kyrgios’ flamboyant style of play as the British number one sealed his place in the French Open last 16 with a straight-sets win over the Australian.

Murray ultimately made his experience count in a 6-4 6-2 6-3 victory but the Scot was not always in control of an enthralling contest on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Kyrgios kept the crowd entertained with a number of extravagant winners and acrobatic retrievals but the 20-year-old was too inconsistent to mount a sustained challenge.

“You go on the court expecting the unexpected,” said Murray, who will now play France’s Jeremy Chardy in the next round.

“You just have to be on your toes at all times and just try to be ready for something different really.

“In the matches I played against him, I feel like I have done a good job of weathering the storms during the matches.

“He always has some periods in matches where he’s on fire and hits some unbelievable shots but I just try to stay solid throughout and make it difficult.”

Murray has now won all three of his meetings against Kyrgios and after edging a close opening set, the British number one always looked likely to go through.

Kyrgios was given a warning for slamming a ball out of the stadium at the start of the final set and the Australian seemed to lose focus as he became increasingly distracted by an injury to his elbow.

“I have watched a lot of his matches, so obviously I know what his personality is like,” Murray said.

“He does have a game style and a personality on the court that lends itself to playing big matches on big courts.

“Sometimes you don’t feel like you’re able to control what’s happening out there because he’s hitting huge shots and sometimes playing shots that no-one else tries.

“You’re not expecting it so it’s obviously tricky to feel comfortable on the court and feel like you’re in a rhythm.

“That’s why he’s had so many good results, because he takes you out of your comfort zone a bit.”

Kyrgios’ elbow had been troubling him before Roland Garros after he was forced to retire during a match against Dominic Thiem in Nice earlier this month.

The world number 30 plans to play the Topshelf Open in Holland and then Queen’s before Wimbledon, but he admits his fitness is an issue.

“Today I wasn’t near 100 per cent,” Kyrgios said.

“It’s surprising, really. I have done so much and it’s pretty heartbreaking going out there and something like that holding you back.”

There were also some complimentary words for Murray, who is yet to drop a set in any of the pair’s three meetings.

“Murray is one of the best defenders in the game at the moment,” Kyrgios said.

“He’s a freak athlete. He’s strong, I think that’s how he gets his advantage when he plays.

“He gets to so many balls, mixes it up well, great feel and great slice.

“He can get rhythm on his serve and return. He’s got many things that are good.”

Published: Saturday 30th May 2015 by The News Editor

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