Kyrgios collapses as former foe Wawrinka roars back

Nick Kyrgios has lost to former world No.3 and one-time sparring partner Stan Wawrinka in the opening round of the Canadian Open in Toronto.

Kyrgios, who last week withdrew from the Citi Open in Washington DC due to an ongoing injury, raced into a one-set lead before losing the two tough sets that followed, succumbing 1-6 7-5 7-5.

Sidelined: Nick Kyrgios lost his first round match in Toronto.

Sidelined: Nick Kyrgios lost his first round match in Toronto.

The Australian world No.17 showed glimpses of his best, unleashing a brutal forehand winner that even three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka applauded.

"What can you say?" Sky Sports commentator Mark Petchey said.

It was one of 44 winners Kyrgios struck to Wawrinka's 35. The Swiss veteran also had 23 unforced errors to Kyrgios' 34.

The Australian said his hip injury was still an issue but we would play doubles with Ivan Dodig later on Tuesday.

"It's great to see him back," Kyrgios said of Wawrinka, who has been struggling with injuries of his own in recent times.

"Matches like this can give him positives … I can't take any positives from that for me."

Kyrgios was at the centre of controversy in Canada three years ago when he alleged that fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with Wawrinka's girlfriend, Donna Vekic.

Wawrinka said in the lead-up to Tuesday's match that the relationship with Kyrgios was "not an issue".

"It's true that we had a clinker," he told Tennis World, "but time has gone since when we lift the spirits. Facing him on Tuesday is not an issue at all."

Wawrinka will face Marton Fucsovics in the second round with a possible clash with Rafael Nadal looming after that.

In other matches, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic eased into the second round, while there were also wins for Milos Raonic, Diego Schwartzman, Karen Khachanov, Robin Haase, Fabio Fognini and Sam Querrey.

Djokovic, whose original opponent Hyeon Chung withdrew with a back injury, was too good for Bosnian lucky loser Mirza Basic, winning 6-3 7-6 (7-3).

"I've never played Basic. I've known him, I've practised with him, but I've never played an official match so definitely not easy to find a rhythm from the beginning of the match," said Djokovic.

"There were frustrations at times but that means I care."


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