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  • Australian tennis ace Nick Kyrgios is close to sealing a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals. (AAP) (EPA)Source: EPA
By
David McPherson

13 Oct 2016 - 3:58 PM  UPDATED 13 Oct 2016 - 3:59 PM
1.       Hi Everybody! Hi Doctor Nick!

Nick Kyrgios was cutting through the Japan Open field with the precision of a doctor’s knife in Tokyo. So when a spectator watching Kyrgios slice his way to a straight sets win over American Ryan Harrrison fell ill, the number 12 ranked Australian decided it was time to try his hand as a medical professional.

Kyrgios stopped play to throw a water bottle up to the fallen fan, before continuing on to take out the match with a comprehensive 7-5, 6-2 victory.

Our very own Doctor Nick finished the tournament with his hands on some more silverware, edging out Belgian David Goffin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the final.

The win proved to be just what the doctor ordered for Kyrgios, as his first ATP-500 level tournament win should silence the doubters for a couple of days at least.

2.       Bern Baby Bern

Bernard Tomic set the court alight in his first-round China Open matchup against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

The speed with which the number 38 Busta swept Tomic off the court was the source of ignition, as Bernie crashed and burned to lose 6-3, 6-1 in just 48 minutes.

The loss resulted in Tomic slipping one place down in the rankings to number 23, five places lower than his 18th overall rank to start the year.

3.       Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

If you’re watching Nick Kyrgios play tennis you’re likely to see some unconventional stroke-play. If you’re watching the Australian face-off against the mercurial Gael Monfils it can almost be guaranteed.

The Japan Open winner let loose a barrage of between-the-legs bullets in the tournament, including the following shot against world number 107 Ryan Harrison.

There’s no need to read be-tween the lines – Kyrgios is a showman. What did come as a surprise was this ridiculous baseline response to a ball that was likely sailing long.

Kyrgios is never one to be outdone, so we can expect the unexpected the next time the player on the other side of the net raises the showmanship stakes.