when it comes to really shaking up men’s tennis, Kyrgios is peerless.
Tennis has become so professional with such a high bar set in terms of skill, fitness and sportsmanship, that a genuine maverick who gears up for a final by roaring around in the Pacific surf should have no chance.
But Kyrgios, described by none other than American former No. 1 John McEnroe as the greatest talent he has seen in the last 10 years, is doing his best to disprove that theory.
Arriving coach-less and ranked 72nd in the world, the 23-year-old Australian blazed through the draw, taking out Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and John Isner in three-set epics before outclassing Zverev 6-3 6-4 to claim his fifth career title.
On the way, he clashed with umpires and fans, played shots others cannot even dream of and angered 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal.