STUTTGART—Nick Kyrgios pondered how it would feel to join forces with a peer who was like-minded. So Alexander Bublik entered the chat.
This week in Stuttgart, the two creative souls teamed up for the first time, posting a winning 6-2, 6-4 debut at the grass-court event. Both present shot-making variety, use of the underhand serve and as Kyrgios experienced, personalities that strongly march to the beat of their own drum.
“I always wondered what it would be like to play with someone like me. He’s a bad listener, he doesn’t listen to what I say,” Kyrgios said with a smile Tuesday after winning his singles opener.
“When I look at him, I see a bit of myself, obviously. The way he plays, the way he goes about it, the way he kind of just walks around. I told him (Monday), he’s really talented, I hope he knows that. Which is dangerous, when players know they’re talented, they tend to just not really care that much.
“It’s a lot of fun.”