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Sport ATP Cup: Nick Kyrgios reflects on friendship with 'little brother' Alex De Minaur

04:16  09 january  2020
04:16  09 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Nick Kyrgios has called Alex de Minaur his 'little brother' as he reflected on the growing friendship from the pair on show at the ATP Cup.

Kyrgios had just come off the court from his comprehensive straight-sets win over Great Britain's Cameron Norrie in the ATP Cup quarterfinals.

Australia's number-two ranked male tennis player was at his entertaining best against Norrie.

He pulled off a number of incredible winners, while throwing an underarm serve for good measure.

After giving Australia a 1-0 lead in their quarterfinal tie, Kyrgios had his eyes firmly fixed to the TV as he entered the press conference room beind Ken Rosewall Arena.

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Alex de Minaur rallied from a set down to beat Denis Shapovalov at the ATP Cup to give Australia the win against Canada in Brisbane. On Sunday afternoon, Alex de Minaur rallied from a set down to win for the second time in as many matches and put the host country in Final Eight qualification

HIs teammate Alex De Minaur was taking on Great Britain's Dan Evans in an attempt to secure Australia's place in the semifinals of the ATP Cup.

A feature of this tournament so far for the Australian team has been the cameraderie shown between the team.

The special handshake De Minaur and Kyrgios share after every match is a great sign of how close this team has become.

With more team events on the tennis calendar than ever before, it's been a great chance for two of the most promising stars in Australian tennis to spend more time on the court with one another.

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Is the ATP Cup a success? That will be the question that dominates column inches in the space between the men’s tennis caravan departing Sydney and There are three matches scheduled for the tie, beginning with Cameron Norrie v Nick Kyrgios , followed by Dan Evans v Alex de Minaur , and

Revelling in the ATP Cup team environment, Nick Kyrgios has given Australia a flying start in their quarter-final against Great Britain in Sydney. Australian No.1 Alex de Minaur can seal the tie with victory over Dan Evans in the second singles rubber, with John Peers and Chris Guccione scheduled

Asked about whether the increase of team events in tennis has brought them together, Kyrgios said "I guess so".

"I kind of look as him as my little brother in a way," Kyrgios said, eyes still firmly fixed to De Minaur after he had just taken a 3-1 lead against Evans in the first set..

"I try and be a good influence on him whenever I can, whenever I'm around him.

"I think he feeds of my energy a little bit.

"But, it doesn't take much, it could be cartoons on TV and I'd rather watch that than speak to you guys.

"I'm just kidding."

Kyrgios was in a relaxed mood after his win over Norrie and has clearly built up a good-natured rapport with the journalists covering the ATP Cup.

But he wasn't finished with the compliments for De Minaur, crediting his determination as a big reason the young New South Welshman has become such a fan favourit.

"I love watching him play and I think all of Australia do," Kyrgios said.

"He had a great year last year and I think it's only going to get better for him.

"The things he can do on this court are pretty special I think."

If Australia make it through their quarterfinal against Great Britain, a showdown with either Spain or Belgium in the semifinal.

Kyrgios was asked how he thought De Minaur would match up if he ended up facing Spain's Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

"Great," Kyrgios said.

"I think we've got great insight into how Rafa plays.

"I don't want to talk about it yet because Evo [Dan Evans] is an unbelieveable player and more than capable of doing great things.

"So I don't think it's a conversation we should have yet."

Kyrgios needs a mentor but has never reached out to me: McEnroe .
The American tennis great on the state of Australia's leading players.These are among the views expressed on Australia's leading players by American legend John McEnroe, who said that he was willing to work with the enigmatic Kyrgios in a coaching role to help the Australian, but that Kyrgios had never shown interest in such an arrangement.

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