Nick Kyrgios says he is the fittest he has ever been.
Nick Kyrgios says he is the fittest he has ever been.

Keys to unlocking Kyrgios’ super powers

TRIPLE Wimbledon champion John Newcombe will be looking for signs in Nick Kyrgios of better on-court temperament and more success in longer rallies when the Australian takes up the cudgels for 2018 at the Brisbane International.

Asked what keen-eyed fans should look for from the sometimes combustible Kyrgios at Pat Rafter Arena against Australian No.2 Matt Eden as signposts to greater success at the Australian Open, Newcombe said: "It's early in the year and I'd look to see if he is enjoying what he's doing.

Nick Kyrgios says he is the fittest he has ever been.
Nick Kyrgios says he is the fittest he has ever been.

"Also, does he look physically fit, like he's ready to run for five sets? When he gets up against players who keep him in long rallies he doesn't win many rallies beyond about eight shots. Then he drops off a lot.

"That could be fitness. It could be that he's a flatter hitter of the ball.''

Kyrgios was badly hampered at some tournaments by a hip injury last year, but claims he is more professional now in maintaining the hip and strengthening it in the gym.

It's a belief that will be tested first up in the daytime heat, albeit in the third match of the day against Ebden, 30.


"I know there's going to be some ups and downs this year, but, you know, hopefully it gets better every year,'' Kyrgios said.

"I had some great moments last year and some tough ones as well, but hopefully things go right.''

Brisbane International organisers could do with Kyrgios' polarising star power to be around deep in the week after having lost Rafael Nadal (knee) to injury and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and local Ash Barty out in their first matches.


"We all obviously want to do well in our backyard, but for me it's just another week. There's pressure every week. You got to keep things in perspective."

The Brisbane International's third seed, who is playing it for the first time, recorded two wins each over Novak Djokovic and top-five player Alex Zverev at ATP events last year but badly needs to impose himself at Grand Slam events after taking out two matches at the four majors in 2017.

"I hope Nick is asking himself the question, 'Am I fit enough?','' Newcombe said.

"He should be thinking, 'the Slams were terrible - I didn't do myself justice there.'

"It's not just about playing one or two five-set matches. A Slam can be seven over two weeks. If you want to do well in the Slams you have to do the physical work.

"He's been at the Laver Cup (in September) and he had the chance to observe what Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal do day in, day out. It should strike home what's required.

"Life on the circuit can be lonely and you can sometimes wonder what you're doing. I'd think he'd be looking at 2017 and saying, 'in the Davis Cup I did really well and I did well in some other tournament and I've proven I can match it with the best in the world'.

"The 2018 season should be really good for him, injuries allowing.''

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