The maverick tennis star is aiming to win his first Grand Slam on home turf in Melbourne and believes that his progress in recent months thinks he should be regarded as a contender for the crown.
Kyrgios said: "I am one of the best players in the world, so I’m definitely going to go into the Australian Open, any tournament, with confidence.
"It’s a bit different this time around [with me] being one of the favourites. Usually, I’m a dark horse type thing, but now, obviously, after the year I’ve had, I’m one of the favourites, so it’s kind of new for me as well.
"This is the first time I’ve genuinely gone into a Slam feeling like I’m one of the guys that can really take the trophy and knock on the door. I don’t know what I’m going to be feeling when I get out there.
"Usually I’ve got nothing to lose and just putting on a show, but I’ve got to try to really find that balance. Fourteen days to win one of these things is not easy. Obviously, I’m capable, but so many other people are capable as well."
The event marks Novak Djokovic's return to Australia after his deportation last year and Kyrgios has urged fans to be respectful of the star, who has caused controversy with his stance on COVID-19 vaccination.
He said: "I know people are always going to have people they hate on court and people they love. I’m one of the players that deals with it everywhere. I would just say Novak’s here, and he hasn’t made any rules. He’s here, and all he wants to do is put on a show.
"He’s chasing things that athletes rarely are able to chase. He’s one of the greatest athletes of all time, not just on a tennis court. I know there are going to be people that won’t want him to win, but I think they just can’t cross that line as fans."