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Nick Kyrgios: “I was struggling physically about halfway through the second set”

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – 2nd of July. M. Raonic d. N. Kyrgios 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6. An interview with Nick Kyrgios

 

Q. How much did yesterday impact on today?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I think it had a pretty big impact. You know, I was struggling physically about halfway through the second set. I was feeling sore in a couple places.

But I’m not going to take any credit away from him. He served unbelievable. You know, I thought I came out strong on his first return game. I made him earn that.

All the other service games it looked like he was in such a rhythm that I just couldn’t do anything out there.

 

Q. Did you get an appreciation for how Rafa must have felt yesterday?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it was extraordinary. I woke up this morning and it had sunk in. It was such a great achievement. That’s something that no one can take away from me. I’m always going to have that now.

I drew a lot of confidence out of that. I thought I played a strong first set today. I just couldn’t maintain that level. What he brought today was something special, I thought.

 

Q. Could you give us an idea what the last 24 hours have been like.

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it’s been really exciting. It’s been a special week for me. At the same time, it’s been so exhausting. I got nothing left to give.

You know, that’s what Grand Slams do to you. If I was to go further, I’m going to have to get stronger. I’m going to have to get so much better in so many areas.

 

Q. What does the past nine days tell you about what you can achieve in the future?

NICK KYRGIOS: Tells me there’s a lot of room for improvement. But at the same time, there’s something special I have that can make it deep into Grand Slams. I’m doing it at 19.

I think in the future there’s going to be something there that, you know, of course I can go a bit further.

 

Q. Are you aware that in terms of public awareness of you, money, the players now are aware of you, that your life is totally changed over the last two days and it will never be the same again?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I think I’m pretty aware of that. I’ve noticed the change, especially from yesterday to today. In the first day I was walking around the crowds and no one noticed me at all.

Then I was walking around the crowds yesterday and this morning and everyone’s noticing me.

So, yeah, I’ve noticed a change.

 

Q. How do you plan to deal with the pressure that comes with expectation, having made the quarters here?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’m just going to do whatever I can. Do whatever I can that I can control. Work hard, give great effort. When I’m back home, I’m going to spend about a week and a half at home now and do a training block in Melbourne. I’m just going to do whatever I can.

 

Q. There’s been talk about you changing coaches and what the future holds for you. What are your short term plans and what is the situation with the coach?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I’ve had the best week of my life. He’s done a great job there. I haven’t really thought too much about it yet. Obviously, you know, this week he was my coach.

Yeah, I haven’t thought about it too much at all. Obviously we’ll have some discussions about that with my whole team. At this stage, there’s nothing.

 

Q. Having measured yourself against the best in the world, what are you going to work now? What have you seen about your game that needs improvement?

NICK KYRGIOS: Well, if you look at today, I think Milos was far better physically than I was. He looked fresh by the end of the match. It was noticeable that I was struggling a little bit.

I’m going to work on my physical side of things. I’m just going to get better in many areas. My serve can improve, forehand, backhand, volleys, transitioning. I can name millions of things that need to get improved.

 

Q. Did you sleep much last night or were you still playing half volleys through your legs at half past 3:00 in the morning?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I actually did get a bit of sleep last night. It wasn’t easy. I was so exhausted after yesterday’s match. I was just lying there trying to sleep. It was hard. So many thoughts running through my head.

I was eventually so exhausted that I just fell asleep.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

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Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

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David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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