Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov and Lleyton Hewitt took to the court on Monday at Sydney's Ken Rosewall Arena for the Fast4 Showdown exhibition.
Fast4 adjusts the rules of tennis with abbreviated sets, no-ad scoring and no let calls. Additionally, the server can call a "Power Play" once per set, making the next point worth twice as much on the scoreboard.
In the first match of the night, Kyrgios (part of Team Australia) took on Zverev (from Team World). Zverev won the first set 4-3 by taking a shortened tiebreak 5-3.
Kyrgios responded by winning the next three games in just 11 minutes, with the help of this jumping forehand:
The Australian later strategically used his Power Play to win the second set 4-1, sending the match to be decided by a tiebreak, which Zverev won.
Team World took a 2-0 overall lead when world No. 3 and reigning ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov beat a retired (at least from singles) Lleyton Hewitt 4-1, 4-2. Hewitt did, however, get some good moments in:
To close things out, they all played doubles. In the first game of the match, Zverev tagged Kyrgios in the face with the ball. The German then climbed over the net to comfort him.
The Australians got a semblance of revenge by winning the doubles rubber in a match tiebreak.
What exactly was happening in Sydney today? Is this what Fast4 means? pic.twitter.com/smYaeps2Jb— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) January 8, 2018
In Brisbane, just before Fast4, Kyrgios picked up his first ATP title of the year. He defeated Dimitrov in the semifinals.
Despite battling a knee injury, Kyrgios is slated to play even more tennis on Wednesday, in Tie Break Tens Melbourne, which will also feature Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, among others.
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