“I need to make some money,” Nick Kyrgios told reporters why he felt it was necessary to play doubles in addition to singles at the Japan Open.
The 27-year-old plays alongside good friend and regular doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis in Tokyo, with the pair having already reached the semi-finals where they will face Marcelo Melo of Brazil and Mackenzie McDonald of the United States on Saturday.
The Australian duo, who triumphed in their home Grand Slam at Melbourne Park earlier this year, are the top seeds and are expected to go all the way.
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“Tennis is stressful as hell in singles, you try to hold on to such a responsibility every time,” Kyrgios explained.
“You could be here for three hours and it’s exhausting and so serious. Playing doubles with Thanasi brings back that fun element.
“But at the same time, it’s my job. I need to make money and that’s how I do it, so I’m playing both events.”
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Kyrgios entered the last eight of singles with a three-set victory over Kamil Majchrzak. The fifth seed prevailed, 3-6 6-2 6-2, in 81 minutes and described part of his game as “extinct”.
“Towards the end I played with the lights off,” he said in his post-match interview. “I really forgot how fast this court is and how hard you can play on it.
“I just started playing the right way in the second and third sets. I tried to play more aggressively. Serve on the court instead of trying to pick my spots.
“He’s a tough player. He doesn’t mind a quick serve and his backhand is very good. I’m just happy to pass.”
He added: “I have very good confidence in my game at the moment, so I don’t really doubt myself even when I’m a set behind.
“I think playing Grand Slams and going far in Grand Slams has given me this confidence that even if I lose a set, I’m still able to maintain and increase my level in the match.”
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