Kyrgios was frustrated in the first set and lost his composure when some fans entered in the middle of the game.
All eyes were on Kyrgios in his first match since being placed on a four-week suspended ban last week for his sledging of French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
Kyrgios was typically unpredictable, producing a spectacular, and often reckless, array of shots but Murray proved himself a class above, with a consistent and clinical display.
Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has advised fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios to avoid controversies on the tennis court and fulfil his potential by starting to win on a regular basis.
This is what Warne posted on his Facebook page, an open letter of sorts to Kyrgios to get his house in order and not give Australia a bad reputation in the tennis world.
“We all make mistakes, but it’s how we learn from them & the way we conduct ourselves when we lose that shows true character”, he said. “I believe in you & know you can do it, but now’s the time my friend…” the Australian spin legend added.
In the tournament’s most-anticipated first-round matchup, the No. 3-seeded Murray hit 18 aces, saved 11 of 14 break points and, perhaps most importantly, stayed steady in the face of Kyrgios’ various distractions, putting together a 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory Tuesday night.
“I hope he learns from these bonehead moves”.
“I actually don’t think that he plays that high risk tennis to be honest”, Murray said.
Kyrgios was in no mood to be conciliatory to the gathered worldwide media, many of whom he views as his chief tormentors.
NEW YORK, Five-time champion Roger Federer gets his bid to become the oldest US Open victor in 45 years underway on Tuesday but will be overshadowed by Andy Murray’s clash with enfant awful Nick Kyrgios.
Murray, seeded third, broke the Aussie wild child’s serve seven times in an eventful 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-1 opening round win at Flushing Meadows.
“It’s important when you’re playing against him to just concentrate on your side of the court”, said the Dunblane ace, who will now face France’s Adrian Mannarino in round two. Half of the top 10 women are already out, counting third-seeded Maria Sharapova’s withdrawal because of injury. That’s where you have to realise that and just try to play solid at that moment.
American John McEnroe, who worked as a commentator for ESPN, also criticized Kyrgios’ performance.