Kyrgios ready for Australian Open rollercoaster


Nick Kygrios is ready for whatever the Australian Open throws at him in 2016.

The young Australian star attracted headlines for the right and wrong reasons as he became the first teenager to reach two grand slam quarter-finals since Roger Federer at last year's edition of the major.

Kyrgios bowed out of the competition after falling to Andy Murray last year, but the youngster, now 20, believes his game has come a long way in 12 months.

This year, his campaign starts against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta and Kyrgios is hoping for a similar outcome to last year.

"Yeah, obviously last year I had a really good run - I just remember it being a really rollercoaster couple of weeks," he said.

"When I lost against Andy, it almost felt like I was exhausted, mentally and physically drained. Coming back this year, I feel like I've grown, physically made a lot of improvements. I feel as if I'm ready for whatever comes."

One element he feels he is more prepared for is the added expectation that comes with playing in front of a home crowd.

"The crowd definitely expects any Aussie to play their best tennis here. That's fair enough," he said.

"I think every Aussie should step up here and try their absolute hardest to bring the best out of themselves.

"In all honesty, it's just another tournament. If you lose first round, there's 50, 60 other events you can play in the year, perform, turn that bad week into a good week.

"I feel as if I'm more relaxed this year. Coming around, I've got a lot more confidence in my game. I feel a lot more comfortable playing in front of the crowd this year. I'm definitely playing a lot better."