Another one for the Nick Kyrgios’ quote files. Just two days after rallying from two sets down in the first round of the Australian Open to defeat Richard Gasquet, Kyrgios also secured his passage into the second round on Thursday. Kyrgios trailed Adrian Mannarino of France 5-1 in the second set, before reeling off the next three games and securing his spot in the next round of the tournament.
This time, Kyrgios did it in a different way. Sporting a pink variety of catsuit — the same color as the purple-and-blue mauvefied we were alerted to earlier this week — Kyrgios played a solid if not spectacular match against Mannarino. He got off to a quick start, saving his only break point in the first game, and put up 25 winners over the course of the first set — a statistic he made note of during an interview with ESPN. “Faces like this aren’t easy to play when you’re on the court,” Kyrgios said of Mannarino.
Eventually, Kyrgios found himself down 3-1 in the second set, but he ran off the next five games, using two whacked forehands on break points to end the set in a tiebreaker.
Game 7 of the tiebreaker proved to be the difference, as Kyrgios used a searing return to end the set, and the match.
Kyrgios will next face Jiri Vesely, who is coming off a surprisingly easy victory over Yoshihito Nishioka.