In his first match since the Davis Cup, Nick Kyrgios had the better of Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, and if he was not completely satisfied with some aspects of his game at times during the match, he definitely was happy to come out the court with the win.

“I just played to get the win”, said the Aussie after the match. “I haven’t played in a little bit. To come back out here and beat a quality opponent, you know, he can play some really good tennis, I’m really happy with myself.

“Just getting into this match mindset again, it’s massive. It was just tough conditions, with the rain, and then the court. I’ve never sweated this much in my life as well, so all those things mixed in, it’s just tough conditions. It was just freezing where I’m coming from, and we practised indoors, so coming here, where it’s almost good weather, raining, and humid, it’s pretty tough.”

Kyrgios could count on the presence of Lleyton Hewitt in his box, and he was quick to put an end to the rumours of Rusty being his coach when asked about it: “He’s definitely not my coach. Let’s clear that up now. But he’s definitely helping me out. He’s taking time out of his own career and family to come here and help me. That’s really good to have that person that I can sort of ask questions and lead me in the right direction. I think that’s really good”, he said, referring to the Aussie veteran a mentor.

In the next round, Kyrgios will face third seed Stan Wawrinka, one who “pretty much got big everything: big serve, forehand, backhand. He’s a great athlete as well”, as the Aussie said.