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Kyrgios keen for Wimbledon warm-up

Nick Kyrgios will play American world No.50 Donald Young in the first round of the Queen's Club championship.
Nick Kyrgios will play American world No.50 Donald Young in the first round of the Queen's Club championship. YOAN VALAT

TENNIS: Wimbledon's X-factor, Nick Kyrgios will search for ground-breaking success at the Queen's Club championship tonight.

Feared on grass, the Wimbledon quarter-finalist has never won a match at Baron's Court, home of the traditional Wimbledon prelude.

Beaten in tough first-rounders by Stan Wawrinka in 2015 and Milos Raonic last season, Kyrgios will face American world No.50 Donald Young tonight.

Victory would thrust Kyrgios into a second-round confrontation with either Viktor Troicki or Janko Tipsarevic, both of Serbia.

Full of confidence after having injections into his right shoulder and left hip, Kyrgios respects former prodigy Young's qualities.

"Yeah I'm happy with that (draw),” he said.

"But at the same time he's a tricky player, a lefty and on the grass he can play some sneaky tennis so I'm not going to take him lightly at all. He can play some good tennis, for sure.”

Dismissing targets of a top-five goal, world No.20 Kyrgios wants simply to build form for Wimbledon from July 3.

"I'm not thinking about top five at the moment,” he said.

"I'm thinking about day by day, trying to play, trying to put in as much effort as I can.

"Because I know when I starting thinking ahead and thinking about how much time I have left on the road or goals and stuff, I'll start losing motivation. I won't try.

"I'm just trying to get through every day at the moment.”

With two wins this season over Novak Djokovic, Kyrgios believes he is a tougher mentally than this time last year.

"I feel like this year I've played some good matches where I've had to really dig deep and come from behind,” he said.

"In Indian Wells and Miami I played a lot of tough matches, in Acapulco as well.

"I strung together a really good month there. I played unbelievable in Davis Cup.

"And then I had to battle injuries again so I guess I've been playing pretty well and I guess I've been putting my head down a little bit but, at the same time, there's a lot of improvement to go.

"I wouldn't say I'm there yet mentally.

"Sebastien (Grosjean) is sort of helping me a little bit now so hopefully I'm getting on the right track.

"I feel this year I've been playing some really good level tennis. I've just been unlucky the last month with a couple of niggling injuries.

"I just feel good again.”

Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis faces a tough task in the first round at Queen's up against Milos Raonic.
Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis faces a tough task in the first round at Queen's up against Milos Raonic. Scott Heppell

Thanasi Kokkinakis is the only other Australian in the main draw at Queens after Jordan Thompson lost in qualifying to Jeremy Chardy.

Kokkinakis will play Wimbledon runner-up Raonic.

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