Thursday, March 21, 2019 | ePaper
Kyrgios 'surprised' by Russian love
Nick Kyrgios said he was "surprised" to be cheered by the home crowd as he beat Russian youngster Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the Kremlin Cup first round on Tuesday.
The temperamental Australian, seeded fifth in Moscow, fired 24 aces to win his first-ever meeting with the 20-year-old Rubvlev. "I love to play indoors and we played a lot with Andrey in juniors. He's going to have a great career," Kyrgios said. "I was surprised that the public cheered me here. It's nice. Normally when I'm not at home I'm not the most loved person but it was nice to hear some cheering.â€