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Nick Kyrgios has dominated in his first match at the Australian Open declaring ‘I’m back’ and ‘this is my home’ to his shocked British opponent.

The Aussie fired 21 aces in the contest to seal a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory against Britain’s Liam Broady at John Cain Arena in Melbourne Park.

He earned an emphatic victory in the third set, thanking the excited home crowd and comparing them to a ‘zoo’ as they repeatedly shouted ‘Siuu’, which sounded like boos but was actually a reference to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Considering the Australian star hasn’t played in an official match since September, his serves wowed the crowd, with even the tennis player himself admitting: “I served fucking well” during his post-match interview.

‘The last week has been tough. I did isolation,’ he said.

‘My girlfriend was there and I was lucky enough to have a tennis court, do some serves. I served fucking well today.

‘But, I mean, I don’t know what I’ve done to this crowd because you guys are a zoo now. You guys are out of control.

The 26-year-old was up to his old tricks from the start of the contest, hitting a 220km serve in just the second game before continuing his trademark underarm serve between his legs.

Nick Kyrgios fired 10 aces to take the set 6-4 against Britain's Liam Broady at John Cain Arena in Melbourne Park.

Nick Kyrgios fired 10 aces to take the set 6-4 against Britain’s Liam Broady at John Cain Arena in Melbourne Park.

Liam Broady saw the funny side of the underarm tweener service

Kyrgios knocked down a 220km serve before continuing with his trademark underarm serve between the legs.

Kyrgios (right) was up to his old tricks from the start of the contest against Liam Broady (left), knocking down a 220km serve in just the second game before continuing his trademark underarm serve between his legs.

The Aussie dominated in the first set of his Australian Open first round match declaring 'I'm back' and 'This is my home' to his shocked opponent.

The Aussie dominated in the first set of his Australian Open first round match declaring ‘I’m back’ and ‘This is my home’ to his shocked opponent.

It was a hostile environment for the 28-year-old Grand Slam debutant with fanatical Australian fans booing the Briton as he walked onto the court.

Commentator Jim Courier commented that he ‘never seen that before’ in the normally cordial sport of tennis.

It has been an extremely difficult preparation for the polarizing athlete, being diagnosed with Covid just over a week ago.

Kyrgios was forced to self-isolate during that time and only flew to Melbourne with his girlfriend Costteen Hatzi on Sunday.

Despite his lack of preparation, he came out fired against Broady and advanced to the second round in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-3).’

Nick Kyrgios is captured playing a backhand return to Great Britain's Liam Broady during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Nick Kyrgios is captured playing a backhand return to Great Britain’s Liam Broady during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Nick Kyrgios DOMINATES early in the Australian Open first round against Liam Broady

Liam Broady was outclassed in the contest as he lost the first two sets 6-4, 6-4 against local hero Kyrgios.

Nick Kyrgios kicks the ball during his first round match at the Australian Open.

Nick Kyrgios kicks the ball during his first round match at the Australian Open.

In a candid interview on the eve of the tournament, the tennis bad boy delivered a vicious blow to rival Bernard Tomic as he ridiculed World No. 260’s return to the sport.

The 29-year-old Tomic made headlines in December when the former World No. 17 announced he would return after stepping away from major tournaments in recent years.

But Kyrgios seems to think his Australian teammate should have stayed off the court after putting his rackets away.

Asked if he would return for the 2023 Australian Open, Kyrgios said he hasn’t decided yet, but once he retires, it will be final.

Costteen Hatzi watches her boyfriend Nick Kyrgios of Australia play his round one singles match against Liam Broady of Great Britain

Costteen Hatzi watches her boyfriend Nick Kyrgios of Australia play his round one singles match against Liam Broady of Great Britain

Smooch: The couple sat very close between sets, removing their masks to share kisses.

Smooch: The couple sat very close between sets, removing their masks to share kisses.

Kyrgios was forced to self-isolate during that time and only flew to Melbourne with his girlfriend Costteen Hatzi on Sunday.

Kyrgios was forced to self-isolate during that time and only flew to Melbourne with his girlfriend Costteen Hatzi on Sunday.

“I am not Bernard Tomic, and I will not give you some scandalous nonsense ***,” Kyrgios told the herald sun on Tuesday.

‘I’ll be honest and say that I’m going to absorb every moment of this AO. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in a year.

The Canberra native said he was comfortable taking things as they came and living in the moment was part of the ‘journey’.

‘I know my personality, I know how unpredictable I feel, I know that I live spontaneously. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in a year,’ he said.

Kyrgios said that when he retires, it will be forever, calling Tomic's return to tennis a

Kyrgios said that when he retires, it will be forever, calling Tomic’s return to tennis “outrageous fools.” The couple is pictured before their match at the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 9, 2019.

Even though the infection delayed his preparation at AO, world no. 115 was determined to stay on top of his game and quarantined at the home of his close friend and fellow player Matt Reid, who has a tennis court in his backyard.

“I feel good, but COVID definitely hit me a little bit, in the sense that I definitely don’t feel as good as I did three or two weeks ago, confidence-wise,” Kyrgios told The Age on Monday.

Kyrgios will now face World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the second round after the Russian eliminated Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen with a straight-set victory on Tuesday.


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