Kyrgios loses a set but beats Bonzi to match his best result at US Open

Kyrgios loses a set but beats Bonzi to match his best result at US Open

by Alfredo Bassanelli

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Nick Kyrgios won yet another match at the 2022 US Open, this time he defeated world number 50, Benjamin Bonzi.

In the first round of the tournament, the 27-years-old Australian won against his very good friend, Thanasi Kokkinakis and he knew he will play a Frenchman in the second round as Benjamin Bonzi and Ugo Humbert fought for the spot in five sets. Eventually, it was Bonzi who defeated his compatriot to set up first-ever meeting with Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios was serving really well throughout the match as he hit a total of 30 aces and only 6 unforced errors. In the first set of the match, the Australian got the first break in the first game and usually, it's a situation where he just serves out the set, but not this time.

His opponent fought back and got the break back and so the set had to be decided in a tie-break. It was the French player who got the first mini-break, but the 2022 Wimbledon finalist showed his firepower and won the tie-break 7-3 to gain the lead in a match.

Both players traded break points in the first two games of the second set, but fans on the Louis Armstrong Stadium didn't see a break until the 10th game of the set. It seemed that another tie-break will be needed to decide the set, but Kyrgios won the last four points on his opponent's serve to win the set 6-4.

In the third set, Bonzi played probably the best tennis and didn't allow his opponent to have any break points. On the other hand, he had two and used the second chance to eventually win the only set in the match, 6-4.

It looked like the Frenchman will be able to level the score of the match also in the fourth set when Kyrgios faced a total of 6 break points. But he stayed calm under pressure and when facing the score 0-40 on his serve in the ninth game of the match, he showed his experience.

Kyrgios won 9 points in a row, to win his serve and also break his opponent without losing a point to win the match 7-6(3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 59 minutes. He also matched his best result at the US Open which is a third round that he played in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019. In the third round, he will take on the American player, J.J. Wolf.


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