Miami - Nick Kyrgios acknowledged that Roger Federer is playing some
of the best tennis of his career ahead of their final-four clash at the Miami
Open on Saturday.
The Swiss Maestro followed up his Australian Open triumph
with a win at Indian Wells, the 35-year-old's 25th Masters 1000 title.
"He's playing incredible at the moment," Kyrgios
said of the veteran after his quarter-final win on Thursday.
"He's had a great year. He obviously looks very healthy
and is moving very, very good. I'm not going to think about it too much at the
moment. I'm going to serve big and play big. That's my game style that I've had
success with, so that's what I'm going to bring."
Meanwhile, Kyrgios is enjoying a good start to 2017 as well
and Saturday will see him compete in his third semi-final of the year.
The Australian may be the underdog this weekend, but he will
no doubt be buoyed by his win over Federer at the Madrid Masters in 2015, the
only other time they have faced each other.
Speaking of Kyrgios' youthful exuberance, Federer believes
it's certainly an advantage heading into the business end of tournaments.
"They like the big stage and the belief they have makes
them tough to play in any given match," said Federer of the ATP's rising
"The question with those guys coming up is what can
they bring every single day? How is the mind and the body coping through the
newer stress for them that they're experiencing? Some weeks you feel great,
some weeks you don't feel so good. That's normal when you're younger and still
trying to figure everything out, what their best surface is, how they need to
play against certain player types."