Sport 'Kyrgios can win a Grand Slam'

08:25  13 october  2017
08:25  13 october  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

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"Nick Kyrgios is already at the top," Nadal told fans at a Q&A session during a Tommy Hilfiger press conference in Madrid on Nov. 28. "[He is] a player who has an unbelievable potential. He has focus on himself, and can become world No. 1 and win a Grand Slam ."

The foundations of the serve mean that it is not outside the realms of possibility to say that Nick Kyrgios could win a Grand Slam even with two or three matches where he is not fully focused mentally.

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Tennis legend Henri Leconte says controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios is in a fortunate position and must "try" because one day "you will wake up and it will be too late".

Kyrgios courted yet more controversy at the Shanghai Masters earlier this week by retiring after losing the first set of his opening-round match against Steve Johnson.

The 22-year-old was subsequently stripped of his first-round prize money and fined an additional £7,500.

The incident came two days after he reached the final of the China Open but endured defeat to Rafael Nadal.

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Zverev won a Masters before Kyrgios , and how much would the Australian love to beat him to a Grand Slam ; what better time to do it than now? Can he win his first Grand Slam here at the US Open? I believe so.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion endorsed both Kyrgios and his Australian Davis Cup teammate, Thanasi Kokkinakis as leaders of the ATP's young generation. He has (to) focus on himself, and he can become world number one and win a Grand Slam ."

Former world No 5 Leconte, who was a showman in his own right during his playing days, believes the reluctant rising star of the game has everything in his locker to become a Grand Slam champion.

"From what I've been reading, Kyrgios has said that he is happy to play tennis and wants to give his best," said former French Open finalist and Davis Cup winner, Leconte told Sky Sports.

"You have to hand it to Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt for pushing him and to be ready for his country was great too.

"If he were to train really hard for one or two years, he has the potential to win a Grand Slam, for sure."

The mercurial Australian, whose undoubted talent has often been betrayed by his quickfire temper, also hit a low-point in Shanghai a year ago when he similarly left the court to jeers, after rowing with the crowd and appearing to give up in his match against Germany's Mischa Zverev.

Nadal eases to China Open title

  Nadal eases to China Open title Rafael Nadal secured his sixth title of the year with a routine victory over Nick Kyrgios in the China Open final. The world No 1 proved too strong for the Australian, who had won nine of his previous 11 matches, winning 6-2 6-1 to secure his second Beijing title after his first victory in 2005.Nadal, a two-time Grand Slam champion this year, never appeared in danger of losing to Kyrgios despite the fiery Australian making a positive start to the encounter.

Boris Becker said unpredictable Australian Nick Kyrgios has the game to win a grand slam before declaring the 2017 US Open is wide open due to the injury carnage at the top of the men's game.

John McEnroe believes that Nick Kyrgios has the game to become a Grand Slam champion provided he improves his attitude. “I think he could achieve winning Grand Slams , could be like one of the top players in the world,” McEnroe told reporters.

Leconte believes Kyrgios is in a fortunate position and must realise his potential quickly, otherwise it will be too late.

The Frenchman added a few words of advice for Kyrgios, saying: "Enjoy life. You are very fortunate to play tennis. You are very fortunate to be there. You are very fortunate for everything. Enjoy it, train hard and try at least one or two years - hard.

"Practice everyday, get ready, try, because one day you will wake up and it will be too late."

Henri Leconte was speaking to Sky Sports' Raz Mirza. We will have all the action from the conclusion of the Shanghai Masters before we head to the Erste Bank Open and Swiss Indoors Basel and then the Paris Masters.

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