Kyrgios braced for Nishikori test

Nick Kyrgios is primed and ready to face world number six Kei Nishikori in the second round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.

The Australian defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 6-2 on Monday to set up a clash with Nishikori. As is almost always the case with Kyrgios, the match was not without its drama though, with the 20-year-old copping a code violation for audible swearing.

Kyrgios expressed his unhappiness throughout the match, with a cameraman who was talking during points ejected after multiple warnings, while Kyrgios was also not happy with the standard of the ball boys or the playing surface.

However, with a win in the bag, Kyrgios has now turned his attention to Nishikori, a player he certainly won't be underestimating.

“Obviously Kei, he’s one of the best players in the world right now,” Kyrgios said.

“He’s got unbelievable returns. He’s a great athlete. He’s playing well. So I know what I have to do.

“At the same time I’m going to go out there and enjoy the experience. That’s why you play the game. You play the game to play these top guys.”

Nishikori, who was handed a bye in the first round, enters the match having suffered a surprise defeat to Benoit Paire in the semi-finals of last week's Japan Open.

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