It’s doubles like we’ve never seen before and the must-watch tennis pairing of Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have taken their act to the Japan Open in Tokyo.

As it always is with Kyrgios, there were moments of brilliance and frustration but the undisputed highlight was a sizzling around-the-net winner that sent everyone into spin … even Nick.

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After the doubles game, Kyrgios re-posted his around-the-net stunner on Twitter with the comment, ‘I’m good’.

In a blow for the locals, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis obliterated Japanese pair Yoshihito Nishioka and Kaichi Uchida 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the second round.

But fans were left thoroughly entertained as Kyrgios opened his ‘mixed’ bag of tricks, that included his trademark underarm serve which didn’t quite come off.

Earlier in the tournament, he had revealed how he had to overcome breathing problems before breezing into the second round of the singles with an emphatic win over Taiwan’s Chun-Hsin Tseng, 6-3, 6-1.

The Australian No.1 said that his early struggle in the 66-minute rout had been down to a touch of breathlessness as well as ring rust in his first tournament since his US Open quarter-final exit.

Nick Kyrgios in action during the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo. Credit: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

Telling reporters how he’d found it difficult to breathe because of the high humidity and different air conditions compared to back home, Kyrgios also noted how the courts were speeding up – something he feels will work to his advantage as he seeks his second title of the year.

Kyrgios has to be careful, having also struggled with asthma at the start of the season, with the condition forcing him to pull out of a warm-up match before the Australian Open.

It was Kyrgios’s 36th win of his breakthrough season, and sets him up to maintain his top-20 position as he gets ready to face Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak in the next round.

He was the sole Australian survivor, though, as Alex de Minaur went down 6-3 6-2 to Kwon Soonwoo and Thanasi Kokkinakis fell 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to ninth seed Borna Coric.

Controversy is following Kyrgios from afar, however, after his lawyer applied to have his charge for alleged assault against a former girlfriend dismissed on mental health grounds.

Kyrgios, who’s set to appear in person at the next hearing in February, is evidently not distracted by the events and mental health challenges.

– with AAP

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