Laidback Osaka wants to follow Nick Kyrgios’ example at Australian Open


That included Australian showman Kyrgios’ entertaining straight-set victory over Britain’s Liam Broady in front of his raucous home fans inside the John Cain Arena on Tuesday.

“I watched Kyrgios’ game last night, and honestly now I feel like it’s not an Australian Open if you don’t watch a Kyrgios night game on John Cain,” said said Osaka, who is in the third round in Melbourne. . Osaka was thrilled to have found a way out of a second-set blip to beat American Madison Brengle 6-0 6-4, keeping her sights set for a potential fourth-round clash with top-ranked Ash Barty .

“I thought his serve was great. I don’t think my serve percentage was as good as his, but it was really nice to see him back and have the crowd so excited.

Warming up her theme, the former world number one also checked the name of Carlos Alcaraz, the 18-year-old Spaniard and 31st seed.

“I really like watching Alcaraz,” she said. “He’s really good. His forehand, I wish I could trade my forehand for his forehand.

Osaka, who pulled out of the French Open and Wimbledon last year when the pressure was too much, also had kind words for veteran Andy Murray after he tweeted that he enjoyed watching her play.

“It certainly means a lot. For me it was a really cool moment,” she said of the Scotsman, who battled for his first Australian Open victory since 2017 on Tuesday.

“It’s kind of shocking because when you’re playing, you never really think about the TV that’s showing it and other people are watching.

“So really really surreal. I hit with him once three years ago and it’s a memory that is very dear to me.


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