That’s simply the way in which 23-year-old Kyrgios needs it as he units his sights on climbing to a career-high rating.
“Nicely, there’s numerous issues that need to go proper. Clearly well being is an enormous one,” Kyrgios mentioned.
“Taking part in occasions, I’ve by no means actually been the kind of particular person to play numerous occasions. All the time most likely been one of many individuals who performs the least occasions out of the highest 100.
“If I get proper bodily and mentally, I play the occasions, do nicely, I feel I used to be (ranked) 13 the 12 months the place I performed I feel 18 occasions, I used to be 13. I didn’t even play any of the European swing. Realistically I may very well be high 10. That’s a reality.
“I haven’t been there but. Proper now I’m not even eager about that. I need to simply take pleasure in my time in Australia, the Aussie summer season. I need to play good tennis and be completely satisfied. That’s the principle factor.”
Kyrgios and Raonic have break up their six clashes and Kyrgios’ latest run at majors has left lots anticipating him to bow out earlier than he does any actual harm.
However he believes he’s in the precise headspace to offer the Open a shake after starting work with psychologists to enhance his psychological state and discovering peace on the basketball courtroom in a Monday evening social competitors.
“I have been looking for assist. I actually do not need to contact an excessive amount of on it, fairly private stuff that occurred final 12 months. I used to be in some actually unhealthy locations,” Kyrgios mentioned.
“Proper now I really feel like I’m in a great spot mentally. Persons are going to suppose, ‘You drew Raonic, it’s a nasty draw’. I don’t actually care. I’m wholesome, completely satisfied, go on the market and compete. No matter occurs occurs.
“Clearly Milos is a tricky participant. We’ve performed one another a pair occasions at grand slams. We’ve performed one another at Masters occasions, tour occasions.
“We each know one another’s video games pretty nicely. We all know what’s coming. I’m very excited simply to be out right here within the Aussie summer season in entrance of the house crowd, to play a tricky opponent.
“I can see it as factor. I’ve to be locked in from the get-go.”
Compete is a buzzword when pundits give their opinions on Kyrgios. The unbridled expertise lays simply beneath the floor, sometimes offering glimpses of brilliance that go away many wanting extra.
Now the approaching retirement of Andy Murray – considered one of Kyrgios’ “closest mates on tour” – might deliver a couple of shift in the way in which he approaches the sport.
“Realistically sooner or later it’s going to finish for me, this sport,” Kyrgios mentioned.
“We noticed Andy Murray, a legend of the sport, he’s not going to play anymore. I take these issues as a right how a lot I’m going to play Grand Slams.
“Like, I’m simply going to benefit from the second. I’m not going to fret about something. If I win I win, if I lose I lose. Actually, I need to be waking up, be excited to go on courtroom. Final 12 months I used to be not in that thoughts body.”
Caden Helmers is a sports activities reporter for The Canberra Instances