American tennis great Andy Roddick has made the staggering call that he believes Nick Kyrgios to be among the top three contenders to win the US Open title.
The Aussie star backed up his run to the Wimbledon final by claiming the Citi Open title in Washington this week, sending a warning to his rivals that he's primed for another deep run at Flushing Meadows.
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Not content with winning the singles crown for the second time in his career, Kyrgios backed up to also win the doubles title a few hours later with Jack Sock.
According to Roddick, the fact that Kyrgios won both titles is a telling hint that the Aussie is at his supreme best both physically and mentally.
“It’s a big, big deal to me that he goes into Washington, which is a pretty big event in the lead-up to the U.S. Open,” Roddick said on The Rich Eisen Show.
“Brutal conditions....To go through singles and doubles and not to tap out mentally or physically is a big, big sign.
“I think it puts him into the top two, maybe three, favourites for the US Open.”
Kyrgios moved up to World No.37 when the rankings were updated on Monday, putting him on the cusp of an all-important top-32 seeding for the US Open.
With tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati still to be played before the final grand slam of the year kicks off on August 29, Kyrgios looks certain to move up the rankings further and be seeded in New York.
According to British tennis writer Stuart Fraser, Kyrgios' rivals will be breathing a sigh of relief if he is seeded because it means they won't have to face him in the early rounds.
“Whether Kyrgios is seeded or not at the US Open, he will be considered a contender after showing at Wimbledon that he has what it takes to come through several consecutive matches in the extended best-of-five-set format,” Fraser said.
“A potential second-round meeting with Medvedev in Montreal this week would help to determine where exactly he will sit on the bookmakers’ list.”
Nick Kyrgios hails his transformation after Washington title
Speaking after winning his seventh career title on Sunday, Kyrgios said he is in a much better place than he was this time last year - another ominous warning.
"To see where I was at last year to now, it's just an incredible transformation," Kyrgios said in a post-match interview.
"I just came out with great energy. I knew that I had experience on my side today. I love this court, I've played so many good matches here, so I'm just really happy with myself.
"I've been in some really dark places. Just to be able to turn it around ... there are so many people who have helped me get there, but myself, I've shown some serious strength to just continue and persevere and get through all those times and be able to still perform and win tournaments like this one."
Kyrgios took just 81 minutes to defeat Japanese giant-killer Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 6-3 in Sunday's final to claim his first ATP Tour title since winning at the same event in 2019.
The 27-year-old then backed up his win by claiming the doubles title with Sock - his third doubles crown of the year after winning the Australian Open and Atlanta Open with Thanasi Kokkinakis.
A potential second-round match-up with World No.1 Daniil Medvedev in Montreal this week could be an indication of how far he really has come.
Medvedev is coming off a title triumph of his win, winning in Los Cabos last week in his fist tournament since being barred from playing at Wimbledon.
“Feeling 100 per cent physically and mentally ready,” Medvedev said in Montreal on Monday.
“Really happy with Los Cabos for sure with the title. Looking forward to here, trying to get some good matches.”
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