Will Kyrgios Step up in 2018?

Nick Kyrgios is the biggest conundrum in tennis. 22- year old Aussie has got the most talent out of anyone since Roger Federer. Has he finally matured physically and mentally. Certainly he has the tools and weaponry to be a top 5 player. His lack of commitment and love for the sport is holding him back from achieving serious things. His casual flair on the court- seeing the controversies unfold,mid-match retirements, half-hearted returning, and first round dull lulls.He is the most fun player to watch. He has spectacular weeks and days like at Brisbane where he played absolutely brilliant and focused against a hot Dimitrov, putting on a spectacular 3-6 6-1 6-4 victory and winning the tournament in the final against Ryan Harrison. He hit 23 aces against Dimitrov. He looked to tank another match, but just pulled stunning forehands and drop shots at just the right time in the second set. His record is an outstanding 6-4 against top 3 players. 2-0 vs Djokovic, 3-1 vs Zverev, 2-3 vs Nadal, 2-2 vs Wawrinka, and 1-1 against Federer, narrowly losing to him in a thrilling match in Miami last year(best match of the year in best of 3 sets in my opinion).

Like it or not, Kyrgios is a complete player with an awesome first and second serve, razor speed, incredible touch, whippy forehand, and a short take back on the backhand which is extremely effective. His biggest weaknesses are his mental frustration to deal with expectations, his anger/attitude on court, and his casual shot selection which is as a result of the first two. He also is unable to bend his knees sometimes on the backhand, which makes it difficult for him to create his own pace. But when the ball comes hard at him, his backhand is world class. He has a game that is so complete and fun to watch. His serve is a monster. So why is he not a favorite for the Aus open?

He is yet to prove himself at slam level. The last time he made a fourth round at a slam was 2016 Wimbledon where he gave a lackluster effort against Andy Murray. He has barely proven he can win one match without any problems (physically) at majors. His knee is also a question mark and so is his ability to back up his good start to the year. This is the best time to go deep at a slam for him, considering Novak and Rafa are question marks. He will be seeded 17, and he likes playing the top guys. But will he even get there? Until then, let kyrgios be kyrgios. Lets not jump too far ahead.

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