No rollercoaster ride for Kyrgios, more even keel at Open

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals FILE – Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a return during the men’s singles against Steve Johnson of America at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAMercurial Nick Kyrgios wants to keep an even keel as the pressure of home expectations weighs on him at this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne.The tempestuous 22-year-old has the brilliance and talent to win his national Open, yet it is his brittle state of mind that oftens malfunctions to his detriment.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I feel relaxed’“But at the end of the day I just need to know it’s a long year. I can’t expend too much energy on other things.“I want to kind of ride the highs, not as high as I usually do. If I lose a match, at the end of the day it’s a tennis match.“I kind of want to keep it even-keeled throughout the whole year rather than being such a rollercoaster ride. I guess right now that’s what I’m doing.”Kyrgios said he feels better placed to make a deep run at this year’s Australian Open.“I probably feel a bit better this time around. I feel relaxed,” he said.“Obviously, winning a tournament before you play a Grand Slam always helps.”Kyrgios said he had no injury problems heading into the tournament.“Yeah, my knee feel good. My physio flew in, so I’ve had him for the last two, three days. I’ve had the luxury of getting treated in my room at my hotel,” he said.“Haven’t been spending too much time around the courts. I’ve been kind of doing my practice, getting out of here, and just relaxing. So it’s been good.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He is facing Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva on his favourite Hisense Arena court in Monday’s first round and could face world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, but he is taking it all in his stride.“I’d like to do well. I’m not going to say quarter-finals, semi-finals, anything like that. I just want to take it one round at a time,” Kyrgios said ahead of his fifth Australian Open campaign.“Everyone started the year hungry. They can play great quality tennis. I don’t want to look ahead at all. I want to take care of business one round at a time.”Kyrgios’s mental strength and attitude always come up in the conversation about his title chances, but he says he wants to keep things at an even keel.“I think last year there were periods where I was really good and really bad,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Kyrgios said he has the physical resilience to put together the best-of-five-set matches potentially over the two weeks.“I feel very confident in best-of-five matches. I’ve played a lot of them now,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Halep, Wozniacki eye maiden Slam in Serena’s absence Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Roger Federer rates Kyrgios a threat to the established order in the year’s opening Grand Slam, but says the volatile Australian is a work in progress. “When he’s on, he’s on and he’s really difficult to beat… for him it’s day to day and then week by week, can you keep it up?” Federer said this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“For him it’s maybe in his mind and his body because he still needs to work much more than he currently is.”Kyrgios won his first home ATP Tour title at the Brisbane International and is looking to go further than a quarter-final appearance in Melbourne three years ago. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Watch Man United go under Van Gaal! Fergie backs Dutchman to turn team into world beaters

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the start to Louis van Gaal’s reign at Manchester United and expressed his belief that the Dutchman will bring major success back to the club.Van Gaal was tasked with picking up the pieces after a disastrous last season under David Moyes, who was axed just 10 months after replacing Ferguson, and spent more than £150million in the summer in a bid to transform the squad.Beset by injury problems to a number of the new arrivals and many of the current squad, United had a slow start to the campaign under the former Netherlands boss but have been in excellent from in recent weeks, with a seven-match unbeaten run moving them up to third in the Premier League.And, according to Fergie, the only way is up at Old Trafford under Van Gaal, with the legendary former United boss claiming the club will be a major force again once everyone is fully fit.“I don’t know how Louis van Gaal can expect to get the best results with the injuries he’s had,” the Scot, who won 38 trophies during his 26-year reign, told BT Sport.“When he gets the best players back, you watch United go – because he’s a great coach, he will do well. They have still got great players.“I’m not interested with what is happening with the players he’s brought in, as that will take time.“When I brought in Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic in the January of the same year, they were all over the place. They took five months to get used to playing for Manchester United – the culture and the history of the club. And these new players will be exactly same.”United’s recent run of impressive form has coincided with the return of Michael Carrick.Since the 33-year-old returned to the starting XI seven games ago, after recovering from an ankle injury, United have dropped just two points.And Ferguson, who signed the midfielder from Tottenham in 2006, lavished praise on the player.“I think Michael’s the best central midfielder in English football,” he said. “I think he’s the best English player in the game.”Robin van Persie has also been in good form in recent weeks, having struggled at the start of the campaign, and Ferguson believes the former Arsenal ace, and fellow forward Wayne Rooney, will be key players in United’s push for a top-four finish in the New Year.Ferguson added: “The World Cup has maybe taken a little bit out of Robin van Persie, but you watch him in the second half of the season. He will be fine.“Rooney is back flying and he will always get you a goal. Having a goalscorer in your team is always an advantage.”Ferguson has also been highly impressed by the form of goalkeeper David de Gea, who has won United many points this term with a series of outstanding saves.“The one that is most pleasing to me of the present lot is David de Gea,” said Ferguson of the Spaniard, who made a number of costly errors after he signed for United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid.“When we bought him as a kid he was really skinny but he had ability. He has special talents and he is showing that now and I’m really pleased for that kid.”last_img read more