Kyrgios has now won four of his five matches in season 2020 – three of which came at the inaugural ATP Cup – and this purple patch has been driven in part due to a desire to raise funds for bushfire relief efforts in Australia.
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The 24-year-old, credited for kick-starting the wave of fundraising support seen this summer by the tennis community, contributed another $2800 after slamming down 14 aces among his 37 winners for the evening.
“I was definitely really nervous walking out there. But, I mean, the crowd was unbelievable. I got comfortable quite early in the match. I played an unbelievable first set, which helped. I thought the pressure kind of eased off after I won that first set,” he said.
“I'm just playing for a lot more than myself. I guess it's just a perspective thing, isn't it? Why am I really getting mad on the tennis court with everything going on?
"I felt like I was very focused today. Every match I've played this year, I've been pretty good. It's probably because of everything going on.”