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Nick Kyrgios breathed a sigh of relief after making a vigorous return to tennis after a nearly year-long hiatus

Kyrgios overcame a leg injury and reached the second round of a warm-up event at the Australian Open in Melbourne with a tough 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) comeback win against the low-ranking Frenchman Alexandre Muller

The mercury former quarter-finalist of the Dual Grand Slam relied on an outstanding performance to stand up against the world No. 1 enforce209

He cracked 22 aces building an all-Australian second-round affair with Harry Bourchier at the Murray River Open

But he also fought mental demons, with cursed old Kyrgios reappearing in his first match in nearly 12 months

“It was a tough question, I haven’t played a competitive game in about a year and dealt with some injuries while in quarantine,” said Kyrgios

The 25-year-old decided to sit out most of 2020 and raged against rivals and officials to push the season forward amid the coronavirus pandemic

Kyrgios was an unusual picture of calm during his run for the fourth round of the Australian Open last year, in which he lost a narrow foursome to Rafa Nadal He was less than relaxed against Müller

Kyrgios claimed Sunday that he hadn’t picked up a bat in four or five months during the pandemic He enjoyed the time out and didn’t really miss tennis

Now-world number 47 groaned at the chair judge over towels, berated himself, muttered to his team about his heavily buckled left leg, and generally looked consistently poor

But his class shone through in the end, even though Kyrgios challenged the coach to one set apiece immediately after the game was leveled

He complained of discomfort, especially with pulling the trigger on serve, and said landing on it and taking split steps also felt unstable

The quarter-finalist of the 2015 Australian Open made a double mistake on his first point after a medical break before declaring “not a good man, not good”

But he still won, increasing Australia’s male contingent to a dozen by at least the second round of the Melbourne Summer Series

“I just wanted to find my feet, see how I felt out here, and again I kind of pulled it out of my hat. It seems like the story of my career so I’m just happy to get through”

Kyrgios gave Australia at least a dozen men in the second round of the Melbourne Summer Series

Jordan Thompson, James Duckworth, Alexei Popyrin, Matt Ebden and teenage Dane Sweeny also won on Tuesday, joining day winners Chris O’Connell, Jason Kubler, Aleksandar Vukic, Max Purcell, Alex Bolt and Bourchier

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