Mats Wilander: ‘Nick Kyrgios has lit up the Australian Open – he can be one of the best in the world’

Nick Kyrgios has ‘lit up’ the Australian Open but he must use it to drive him on to truly fulfil his potential, says Mats Wilander.

Kyrgios exited the tournament on Friday after losing a brilliant match against third seed Dominic Thiem, but he has unquestionably thrilled supporters on John Cain Arena for his last two matches.

And, while he often divides opinion, Wilander says he is a huge fan of Kyrgios and believes he can still become one of the best players in the world.

“Nick pulled through in the previous round, he was down a couple of match points against Ugo Humbert – somehow this game is fair in the end,” Eurosport expert Wilander said of Nick Kyrgios.

“So I think what he has to take out of it, he has lit this tournament on fire.

“For me, these last two matches that he has played have been by far the best two matches, this gives us hope for the future.

“Hopefully, this will catapult Nick Kyrgios into a mindset which says I haven’t played a match for a very long time, I am good enough to play with these guys.

“Hopefully he does a bit of practising, maybe he could have pulled through here but the shot-making skills and the decisions he makes – that’s why he’s so interesting to watch.

“When he fights like this, he is one of the best players in the world and one of my favourite players to watch.”

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