Kyrgios sweeps past Johnson at US Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 28, 2019 02:10 PM
Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, returns to Steve Johnson, of the United States, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Kyrgios strutted into the second round, sweeping past Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-4.
It was nearly midnight when the last match of the day started but Kyrgios kept the crowd awake with his usual mixture of great tennis and bad language, including a warning in the second set for cursing after he was angered when a fan moved behind the baseline.
But minutes later he summoned some of his best tennis to prevent Johnson from getting into the match, seizing a 6-0 lead in the tiebreaker. He capped that run by sprinting to chase down a drop shot, then strutting near the net after winning the point.
Kyrgios has been at his best and worst lately. The No. 28 seed from Australia won the title in Washington to start the month but was then fined $113,000 for his antics in a loss of the second round of the Western & Southern Open.