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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios describes US Open win over Thanasi Kokkinakis as ‘nightmare’

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It wasn’t state-to-state, but it certainly was mate-to-mate as Nick Kyrgios easily outplayed the best mate, fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis, with a straight sets win in the first round of the US Open.

Kyrgios threw friendship aside to go into the second round with a straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) crushing his Australian Open winning doubles partner.

The former bad boy, who has been in the form of his life, broke Kokkinakis in each of the first two sets, then took the tiebreaker to brag at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday afternoon (AEST).

Thanasi Kokkinakis (left) and Nick Kyrgios (right) shake hands after the latter won their first round match at the US Open

The pair, pictured at the 2013 Wimbledon junior doubles tournament, have been close friends for many years

The pair, pictured at the 2013 Wimbledon junior doubles tournament, have been close friends for many years

Rather than overjoyed at the win, Kyrgios said he just hoped to “never” play against his best buddy again.

“I thought I played a really good first few sets and was early in the game. When we both saw the draw it was honestly a nightmare,” he said on the pitch after his win.

“We never want to play against each other, and he probably beats 80 per cent of the draw tonight, he plays really well.

“I can’t wait to get out and play doubles with him on the right side of the net. We’re going to play against each other, hopefully never again. We’re going to put an end to that,” Kyrgios said.

Nick Kyrgios celebrates his US Open first round victory over compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis

Nick Kyrgios celebrates his US Open first round victory over compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis

Kyrgios was open to the match that he wasn’t looking forward to meeting Kokkinakis and, true to his word, there were no histrionics of the combustible talent – just an odd laugh between the pair.

That said, there were certainly no freebies from a focused Kyrgios, aside from perhaps a loose forearm serve at 40-love midway through the opening set; that Kokkinakis chose a winner.

How so?  Thanasi Kokkinakis was so hungry during his clash against Nick Kyrgios that he seemed to eat the ball

How so? Thanasi Kokkinakis was so hungry during his clash against Nick Kyrgios that he seemed to eat the ball

Kyrgios will now face Benjamin Bonzi in the second round and he will not underestimate the Frenchman.

“Very solid player, having a great season,” the Aussie said of his next opponent.

“I’m not even going to think about that, I’m going to go home, get something to eat and just chill out.”

Kyrgios’ otherwise clinical win was the 17th of his past 20 outings as the world No. 25 – who would be higher if Wimbledon were included in ranking points – looks to crown his best season of the season on tour with a breakthrough grand slam title. .

Nick Kyrgios (right) and Thanasi Kokkinakis were top notch when they won the Australian Open doubles title in January

Nick Kyrgios (right) and Thanasi Kokkinakis were top notch when they won the Australian Open doubles title in January

The talented duo pose with the grand slam trophy and win the final

The talented duo pose with the grand slam trophy and win the final

The trouble-free victory for Kyrgios, after Serena Williams’ dramatic victory in the previous game, completed a fine opening day for Australia; with Alex de Minaur, Ajla Tomljanovic and Jordan Thompson also moving forward.

Kokkinakis, John Millman – in five grueling sets in scorching heat – and Daria Saville were the only victims.

Kyrgios, however, was the most impressive of the four winners.

The Wimbledon finalist was untouchable in serving, offering no break point the entire match and barely giving Kokkinakis a glimpse into his deadly delivery.

Nick Kyrgios and friend Costeen Hatzi enjoying some sightseeing

Nick Kyrgios and friend Costeen Hatzi enjoying some sightseeing

Kyrgios not only successfully took a major hurdle over his large size, but also had two other dangerous men removed from his part of the draw.

His projected second-round opponent Ugo Humbert, the southpaw left-hander who extended Kyrgios to five sets in a Wimbledon thriller last year, crashed to a surprise defeat to compatriot Benjamin Bonzi.

And if he beats Bonzi on Wednesday, Kyrgios will not face 16th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round after the Spaniard slipped against American wildcard JJ Wolf.

Bautista Agut defeated Kyrgios before losing just seven games in New York last year, but his passing leaves the Canberran with a seed-free path to a possible last-16 showdown with world No. 1 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev.

How Aussies fared in the first round of the US Open

Men’s singles

Alex de Minaur (18) defeated Filip Krajinovic (Serbia) 7-5, 6-2, 6-3

Nick Kyrgios (23) defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

Jordan Thompson defeated Lorenzo Sonego (Italy) 2-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

John Millman lost to Emilio Nava (USA) 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-1

Women’s singles

Ajla Tomljanovic defeated Karolina Muchova (Czechoslovakia) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Daria Saville lost to Elena-Gabriela Ruse (Romania) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

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