Kygrios wins in ‘strange’ Shanghai

Nick Kyrgios has made short work of Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer to progress to the second round of the Shanghai Masters, but the Australian found a cameraman and the ball kids more difficult obstacles to overcome.

The 20 year-old had a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Haider-Maurer in one hour and four minutes.

But a courtside cameraman was ejected for repeatedly talking during points and Kygrios was frustrated by the inexperienced ball kids, at one point labelling the organisation “an absolute circus”, Fairfax Media reported.

He received a code violation for an audible obscenity.

After the match world No.32 tweeted: “Strange one today but a win is a win. I hit another 13 aces too so that’s #38 now for @ElenaFoundation #Onwards”.

After dispatching Haider-Maurer, Kygrios went out and practised for an hour with fellow Australian Bernard Tomic, who reached the second round after a win against Fernando Verdasco on Sunday.

Kyrgios will play world No.6 Kei Nishikori of Japan in the second round, while Tomic is set to face No.8-ranked David Ferrer of Spain.

“Obviously Kei, he’s one of the best players in the world right now,” Kyrgios said.

“He’s got unbelievable returns. He’s a great athlete. He’s playing well. So I know what I have to do.

“At the same time I’m going to go out there and enjoy the experience. That’s why you play the game. You play the game to play these top guys.”

Kyrgios found himself in hot water last week when he was issued a code violation in his quarter-final loss at the Japan Open for hitting a ball into the ceiling.

Television broadcaster ESPN also had to apologise as his swearing became audible on the televised match against Frenchman Benoit Paire.

In other Shanghai first-round matches, last year’s US Open champion Marin Cilic escaped a major shock when he came from a set down and saved a match point before beating China’s Wu Di 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also took three sets to subdue Tommy Robredo 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2.

John Isner smashed 20 aces to defeat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-1 6-2 in 45 minutes.

The 13th-seeded American lost only six points on his first serve and saved the only break point he faced in the second set.

Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic advanced with a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) win over Jeremy Chardy and will next play Rafael Nadal, who is coming off a runner-up finish at last week’s China Open in Beijing.

Feliciano Lopez topped Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will play Martin Klizan in his opening match after the Slovakian defeated China’s Zhang Ze 7-6 (10-8) 6-2.

Djokovic will try to win back-to-back titles at the China Open and Shanghai Masters for the third time following his triumph last week in Beijing. He also accomplished the double in 2012 and 2013.

Roger Federer is scheduled to play his second-round match on Tuesday against Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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