Nick Kyrgios wins first singles match over Marcos Giron since losing Wimbledon final

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Nick Kyrgios defeated American Marcos Giron on City Open Tuesday will see the Australian’s first singles match since reaching the Wimbledon final.

Less than a month after reaching his first Grand Slam final before losing to Novak Djokovic, Kyrgios defeated Giron 6-2, 6-3. It won’t help him survive the failure at Wimbledonwhich was not easy. But more wins can boost his self-confidence.

“It was like a golden opportunity that I felt for myself,” Kyrgios said of Wimbledon. “There are so many things that I would have done differently, I think, now that I have digested that match, but I am doing everything right to put myself in this position again. I think I’m doing it and my whole team is helping me achieve that goal.”

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his match against Marcos Giron of the United States at the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, Tuesday, August.  2, 2022.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his match against Marcos Giron of the United States at the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, Tuesday, August. 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Custer)

Following tradition, he started when he won this hard court tuning for US Open in 2019 he asked a fan where he should serve for match point and moved on to Tommy Paul in the round of 16.

“I wish I had that experience when I watched tennis matches,” Kyrgios said. “I think it’s just a cool experience for someone who gets paid to come and see you play and maybe come home with that memory.”

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia prepares to land a right hand on Marcos Giron of the United States at the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, Tuesday, August.  2, 2022.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia prepares to land a right hand on Marcos Giron of the United States at the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, Tuesday, August. 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Custer)

Kyrgios is trying to shake off the memory of losing to Djokovic at Wimbledon and losing in the first round of the Citi Open a year ago. It helps that he thinks he’s playing the best tennis of his career.

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his match against Marcos Giron of the United States at the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, Tuesday, August.  2, 2022.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his match against Marcos Giron of the United States at the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, Tuesday, August. 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Custer)

“I’m having a great year,” he said. “I think if there were points at Wimbledon I would be somewhere in the top 15, in the top 20 in the world. I definitely feel like I’m playing tennis at this level – if not in the top 10, then in the top 5 at the moment.”

Top seed Andrey Rublev advanced to the round of 16 by defeating Jack Draper 6-4, 6-2. In the women’s draw, Australian Ayla Tomljanovic beat American Sloan Stephens 6:1, 6:4.