Kyrgios thinks Omar can upset Tsonga
NICK Kyrgios was an interested observer at Omar Jasika's press conference on Monday night after the Aussie teen upset Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 6-4 3-6 6-0 6-4.
Jasika plays ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Australian Open second round today and when asked about the 18-year-old's chances, Kyrgios said he thought Jasika could give the 2008 finalist a run for his money.
"I think he's more than capable of causing an upset," Kyrgios said.
No one expected wildcard Jasika to overcome Marchenko, who at 67 in the world was ranked 182 places higher than the young Aussie.
The Victorian, who showed experience beyond his years, said he was delighted to have got through to round two after admitting to "struggling to sleep a little bit" in the nights leading up to his Open debut.
"The crowd was on my side today, which was a good feeling," he said after beating Marchenko.
"They pushed me through. It was incredible to see the crowd get on my side. As soon as I walked on to the court I knew I was ready.
"First point, I was like, 'okay, I can do this'. I just believed in myself."
The 29th-seeded Kyrgios will line up against the world No. 41, Argentine Pablo Cuevas, who defeated Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 6-1 6-4 in the first round.