Nick Kyrgios has produced one of the shots of the tennis year with an outrageous winner at the Cincinnati Open.
In action against Lorenzo Sonego on Monday, Kyrgios left fans and commentators stunned after the ‘ridiculous’ moment.
‘WARMS MY HEART’: Tennis world gushes over sweet Nick Kyrgios moment
With Kyrgios moving in towards the net, Sonego produced a perfect forehand low and hard at the Aussie’s backhand side.
It looked certain to be unreturnable, however Kyrgios managed to pull off an extraordinary lunging volley straight back over the net for a winner.
“Kyr-idiculous, that’s what that was,” one commentator said on Tennis TV.
“Take a bow Nick,” he said as Kyrgios did exactly that. “Can you believe this?”
The Tennis TV twitter account simply said: “Are you kidding?”
👏😮— Manuel (@Wybiiie) August 13, 2019
GOAT 🐐— Lachy 🇦🇺 (@Loftus_Cheeky) August 13, 2019
Sometimes you just got to believe.— Leon (@leonfrancis2012) August 13, 2019
Man you are incredible unbeleivable— Zaid (@Zaid15238644) August 13, 2019
Not seen that before. At 40-15, Kyrgios hit the same wide serve as the first point, Sonego hit another ripped FH return DTL, but Kyrgios was following it in and hit a superb low BH volley winner. Rapturous applause from the crowd, and Nick gave them a deep bow. pic.twitter.com/sVJedJSHlo— Andrew Burton (@burtonad) August 13, 2019
The Aussie star moved into the second round in Cincinnati with a 7-5, 6-4 win over his Italian opponent.
Kyrgios overcame the early distraction of an incorrect line call to serve his way into the second round in one hour and 19 minutes.
Kyrgios only served four aces but did not face a break point against Turkish Open champion Sonego and won 46 of his 54 service points, as he bounced back from his early exit last week in Montreal.
"I actually felt as if I didn't serve my best today at all. I'm being serious. I didn't feel like I was hitting my spots well at all," Kyrgios told Tennis Channel.
"I'm just happy to get through. I knew it was going to be tough and I wanted to play Khachanov next, so I'm looking forward to it."
The world No.27 will face eighth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov for the first time, with a spot in the round of 16 up for grabs.
Nick’s nice gesture for Andy Murray
Earlier on Monday, Kyrgios was spotted courtside as Andy Murray made his long-awaited return to singles competition.
Murray played his first singles match since the Australian Open seven months ago, and Kyrgios was right there supporting his mate.
Unfortunately for Murray it ended prematurely, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Richard Gasquet.