Quick Take: Nick Kyrgios goes down meekly in Indian Wells opener

Quick Take: Nick Kyrgios goes down meekly in Indian Wells opener

He entered the tournament with serious momentum; he left with one less pair of shoes.

Last week, Nick Kyrgios beat three Top 10 players—Rafael Nadal, John Isner and Alexander Zverev—and a three-time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka, to win the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco.

Was it impressive? No doubt.

Was it entertaining? Of course; this is Kyrgios we're talking about.

But did it really change anyone's opinion of the Aussie as a week-to-week threat? It shouldn't have. For the very next week, in Indian Wells, Kyrgios did what we've seen so many times: he threw traditional prognostication out the window, much like the pair of shoes he tossed into the crowd:


Philipp Kohlschreiber tossed Kyrgios out of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament on Saturday, 6-4, 6-4, with an unspectacular but effective game that's kept him on the periphery of the sport's second tier for years. His one-handed backhand, more a rally shot than a finishing strike, kept the ball in play—which against Kyrgios meant that it gave his opponent more opportunities to go for higher-risk shots. Those shots landed in Acapulco, but not in Indian Wells.

Kohlschreiber converted his break chances when they came, and won a high percentage of first-serve points—82 percent, to Kyrgios' 72—to calmly diffuse the caustic shotmaker. In some ways, the result was as simple as that, but listen to the above video for Jon Wertheim's and Leif Shiras' perspective from the BNP Paribas Open.

One ramification of the result: there will be no Djokovic-Kyrgios third-rounder. Kyrgios shoe collectors will have to wait until Miami.