Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, wait for a serve fromJohn Isner, of the United States, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.
Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, wait for a serve fromJohn Isner, of the United States, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Paul Chiasson - The Canadian Press via AP)

Murray fit and ready for Kyrgios

AUSTRALIA will have two former champions in action on day two of the US Open, but all eyes will be on a player making his third appearance at Flushing Meadows, and yet to get past the third round.

Bad boy Nick Kyrgios faces a tough first-round match against world No.3 Andy Murray, who holds a 3-0 advantage over him.

Like Kyrgios, the volatile Scot has had to deal with injuries and on-court outbursts during his career. But on the eve of the match, Murray said he was in a good space, both physically and mentally.

"I had problems with my back and was struggling to deal with that. I wasn't enjoying the practising and preparation because I was in pain. But now I feel healthier, I feel calmer, I feel more relaxed," the No.3 seed said. "I've worked extremely hard to get back to where I am."

Another man who knows what it takes to win a grand slam title is Aussie veteran Lleyton Hewitt. The 34-year- old, who won the 2001 US Open, has been given a wildcard for what will be his final time in the main draw.

Taking on little-known Aleksandr Nedovyesov, from Kazakhstan, a win could see Hewitt meet fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic in the second round, provided the No.24 seed wins his match against world No.94 Damir Dzumhur.

Three other Aussie men will be in action on day two, with Thanasi Kokkinakis to play Frenchman Richard Gasquet, James Duckworth to meet South Korea's Hyeon Chung, and John-Patrick Smith taking on Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

Three Aussie women will also feature, with 2011 champion Sam Stosur opening her campaign against Hungary's Timea Babos, Jarmila Gajdosova playing Italy's Flavia Pennetta and Ajla Tomljanovic taking on another Italian, Karin Knapp.

- APN SPORTS BUREAU


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