Hopman Cup: Australian Nick Kyrgios beats world number two Andy Murray

Nick Kyrgios serves in last night’s Hopman Cup match against Great Britain’s Andy Murray. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. d448399
Nick Kyrgios serves in last night’s Hopman Cup match against Great Britain’s Andy Murray. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. d448399

NICK Kyrgios (20) beat world number two Andy Murray (28) in his fifth attempt at the Hopman Cup last night.

Kyrgios broke Murray’s serve to lead 2-1 in the first set and maintained the lead winning 6-4.

The second set went to a tie breaker and despite losing one match point, Kyrgios secured the game getting Australia Green off to a 1-0 start against Great Britain.

Kyrgios said he was nervous going in to the match but had been looking forward to it.

“It’s on my win list now, it was a good match,” he said.

“I knew what to expect and I knew it was going to be a tough game.”

The world number 30 said he had trained hard during the off-season.

“I was working a lot harder, spending more hours on the court not so much in the gym,” Kyrgios said.

He said despite not have a coach he had received some tips just before the game but would not reveal who from.

Murray said he was upset about the loss but was not thinking about it too much.

He said the loss would not affect his preparation for the Australian Open later this month.

The full house at Perth Arena was then treated to a spectacular three-set match between Daria Gavrilova (21) and Heather Watson (23).

The Australian secured the first set in a tie breaker but lost the second 6-2.

The thrilling third set went down to the wire and despite being 5-3 up, Gavrilova succumbed 7-5 to Watson’s physical and mental strength.

The Australians secured the tie winning the mixed doubles giving them a chance of making the final on Saturday night.