Nick Kyrgios was delighted to be named the opponent for his friend Andy Murray’s long-awaited comeback.
Murray will go head to head with Kyrgios in the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club on Tuesday as the Scot returns after 11 months out with a hip injury.
It will be 342 days since Murray last took to court in a competitive match, a Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey.
“I just smiled when I saw the draw,” Kyrgios said. “I am excited, one of my better mates on tour.
“It’s good to see him back ultimately, I think it has been pretty s****y without him.
“I am looking forward to going out and playing but to see him healthy is the main thing, I think he is awesome for the sport.
“We kept in touch a little bit. But he’s a busy man. The last thing he wants is to see me blowing up his phone. Probably can’t take me seriously, he probably had a lot to deal with and a lot of decisions to make. It’s just good to see him back.”
After such a lengthy break from Murray, Kyrgios is not sure what kind of opposition he will be facing.
“I’m going to go out there and play like I always play,” he said. “I want to serve big and play big and try and win. You know, I’m going to go out there and do the same thing. If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose.
“I don’t really know (what to expect). What I always expect from him. Obviously I know he’s going to make a lot of balls. He loves playing on grass.
“I obviously know how he plays.”
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Murray came through another practice session with Querrey on Monday, on the adjacent court to Kyrgios.
He does not expect to be “pain-free” when he returns to match action and is not putting himself under too much pressure to achieve instant results.
“I absolutely can be back to my best but I am not putting any expectations on myself,” said Murray. “I must be patient and that is not going to be easy.”