Nick Kyrgios kicks off Atlanta Open campaign with win over Anderson
It was the first time the Australian played a match since Wimbledon and his injury and he looked good. Kyrgios looked great at Wimbledon as well before an abdominal injury cut his run short. Against Anderson he had no such issues and imposed himself as the better player early.
Still, Anderson's serve was too much to overcome and they expectedly settled the first set in the tiebreak. Kyrgios proved better but this time the error for margin was slimmer and Anderson could not wiggle himself out of it, even with his serve.
Kyrgios won it 7-4 and from there he simply continued playing the way he did as it worked. Anderson's serve got worse over time and Kyrgios was presented with another opportunity to break which he used. After that, it was mainly cruise control for the Australian who never allowed a single break point.
He hit 15 aces and dropped only six points on his serve for the routine victory. Kyrgios gets in-form Cam Norrie next.