Monday , 23 April 2018

Kyrgios cruises through opening round in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Australian Nick Kyrgios advanced to the second round of the Malaysian Open on Monday after scoring an easy victory over Colombian Santiago Giraldo in Kuala Lumpur. Following a four-week suspension from ATP events, seventh seed Kyrgios looked dominate as he won the first set 6-1. Giraldo later pulled out in the second, as he trailed 1-2, due to illness."My goal is to win this tournament. I hadn't played in many tournaments the past few weeks, but I have been doing a lot of hard work these past few weeks and it showed off today," said Kyrgios."I am disappointed I could not play until the end, but I played really well. I wish him (Giraldo) all the best and hope he recovers soon," he added.During last year's Malaysian Open, Kyrgios was knocked out during the first round of the tournament.Monday marked Kyrgios's return to ATP action after being fined and suspended 28 days from all ATP-sanctioned competition. The punishment was handed down to the 20-year-old after he made infamous comments to rival Stan Wawrinka about his girlfriend being unfaithful during a match last month in Montreal.In the day's other first-round action, Germany's Benjamin Becker defeated Sam Groth of Australia…