Kyrgios: ‘It’s the best I’ve ever felt’
IN fine form and a happy headspace, Nick Kyrgios believes he's as ready as ever to win Wimbledon.
Listed as most bookmakers' fifth favourite behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic, Kyrgios is brimming with confidence after his best lead-up yet to the grass-court grand slam starting on Monday.
Australia's leading title hope is wary of dangerous first-round opponent Denis Istomin but believes if he can get through his opener on Tuesday he can seriously contend for tennis's most prized trophy.
"I need to lock in from the get go," Kyrgios said after arriving at The All England Club on the back of consecutive semi-final appearances in Halle and Queen's, where it took last year's Wimbledon finalists Federer and Cilic to stop him in tight tiebreakers.
"I knew I'd be able to play well on the grass and just to win matches, come through those matches without any elbow pain, was the ultimate goal and I'm feeling good. It's the best I've felt.
"I've never really won many matches before Wimbledon so to come in this time playing two solid weeks against tough opponents, that's probably the best I've ever felt about my game coming on the grass.
"But, then again, anything can happen - Istomin can come out firing. That's why I have to be ready to go from the get-go." Dogged by elbow and hip issues for the past two years and a late scratching from last month's French Open, Kyrgios is confident fitness won't be an issue this time around.
"I played a lot of tennis over the last two weeks. I played one two-set match, the rest were three-setters so my body, I think, is ready to go," said the former quarter-finalist.
"The grass, obviously, is pretty physical but not as physical as the clay or the hard, so I'm ready to go the distance, for sure."
The 23-year-old accepts his biggest challenge will be sustaining his form - and head - for a fortnight.
But for the first time, in a sign of his new-found maturity and focus, Kyrgios hasn't looked at the draw in any depth.
"Just putting it together over two weeks isn't something I've done before," he said.
"And it's not something many people have done.
"There's always the select few who can do it and hopefully, you never know, in two weeks' time it could be my breakthrough.
"But I'm going to take it one day at a time, I'm not going to think ahead."