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Nick Kyrgios: “That's the biggest win of my career obviously, and that's something I'm never going to forget”

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – 1st of July. N. Kyrgios d. R. Nadal 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. An interview with Nick Kyrgios

 

Q. You were cocky, cheeky today. How are you feeling today?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’m pretty happy. That’s the biggest win of my career obviously, and that’s something I’m never going to forget. I’m going to draw so much confidence out of that no matter where I play now. To have that under my belt, it’s massive.

 

Q. How would you describe what you were able to do? How were you able to win?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I think I had to play a solid game that gave me the best shot. That’s serving big and playing aggressive. I thought today my serve was something that got me over the line. It made me, you know, be able to put pressure on his serve as well.

I think that was very important.

 

Q. What were your emotions when you wrapped this up?

NICK KYRGIOS: It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I was just overwhelmed with every feeling out there. I turned to my whole box, you know, just shared that moment with them. It still hasn’t hit me what I’ve done.

 

Q. John McEnroe said he thinks you can win the whole tournament. How do you feel about that?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I’m just going to stay grounded. I’m just going to go home tonight and do everything possible for my next round tomorrow.

Milos has probably got the best serve in the world. I’m just going to go out there and have fun again.

 

Q. John McEnroe may think you can win this whole tournament, but from your flash TV interview afterwards, am I right thinking your mum didn’t think you could win it?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, last night I was actually reading a comment that she thought Rafa was too good for me. It actually made me a bit angry. You would think he’s in a whole ‘nother level compared to me. I just believed in myself that I could create some opportunities. I took them under pressure today.

Yeah, I don’t know – yeah.

 

Q. Have you spoken to your mum yet since you won?

NICK KYRGIOS: No, I haven’t actually.

 

Q. What will you say when you do?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’ll just text her a smiley face (smiling).

 

Q. Are you ever a little afraid when you play to hit a second serve 130 miles per hour? Stepanek last year told me you did something unbelievable in a tiebreak.

NICK KYRGIOS: I remember.

 

Q. Then nine match points with Gasquet. Today again. You just don’t think or what happens?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, definitely I’m scared. Like I just go through my routine and I just play aggressive. You know, if they play too good on that point, then it’s too good.

But I’m going to go after it and give myself the best chance to win the point.

 

Q. The other day you said that between you and Rafa, you have won an incredible 14 Grand Slams. People were thinking by the end of Wimbledon it would be 15. What do you think of that?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I’ve got another chance to go out there tomorrow and get through another round, but I’m not thinking about any of that stuff yet.

It was just a comment for a bit of a laugh. It’s gone pretty much viral. Yeah.

 

Q. How hard do you think the recovery will be with a match again tomorrow?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it’s going to be a tough ask, but I’m going to do everything possible and see how my body responds tomorrow. If I come up short, I come up short. I’m going to give it my best shot, and whatever happens, happens.

 

Q. Three years ago it was Bernard Tomic being the big thing. What have you learned from his experience and that experience?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’ve learned a lot. I’m just going to, you know, try hard, you know, just give the people what they want, a bit of a show out there. I’m just going to continue to do that.

Yeah

 

Q. In Australia everybody was talking about you and Kokkinakis during the Australian Open. Now you are here and we don’t know where Kokkinakis is. Do you think this is strange?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I actually miss Thanasi. He went back home a couple weeks ago during Nottingham. I think he needed some time at home.

He’s extremely talented, if not more than me. He’s going to have a great career. It’s great that we can train together. I miss him a lot.

 

Q. You spoke about being grounded. Who are the people around you keeping you grounded right at the moment?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, my coach, my family, my brother, my friends, my agent. They all know in reality I have another match to play tomorrow. Of course I’m going to soak it up tonight, but tomorrow I’m going to give myself the best shot to win.

 

Q. What struck most people was how fearlessly you played on that stage. How did you acquire such a fearless attitude? Have you always had such an attitude?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I think on the big stage, it’s something I thrive on, the atmosphere, the crowd. I just love it when at 5-3, I think it was in the fourth set, they erupted, the crowd. I just love that feeling.

At that stage you just think about all the work you put in. You know if you believe in yourself. Especially with my serve, if I just go after it, hit the right spots, I’m going to have a pretty good shot to close out a match like that today.

 

Q. There’s been a lot of great Australian champions over the years. It’s your first experience of Centre Court today. Any thoughts of you following in the old guy’s footsteps?

NICK KYRGIOS: I wasn’t thinking of any of that at all when I was out there. Playing Rafael Nadal is a big enough task. You don’t really think about anything else. When I’m serving, he goes through his routine, he touches his nose, all that stuff.

It’s just tough playing him, and that’s all I was thinking about out there: competing and sticking to the game plan.

 

Q. How happy are you today that you chose tennis in front of basketball?

NICK KYRGIOS: Very.

 

Q. Can you say a bit more?

NICK KYRGIOS: Best choice of my life. Yeah.

 

Q. Again and again Rafa just said that you were fearless, you had nothing to lose. Talk about that. Did you feel that way? Did you feel a sense of joy or freedom?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I definitely had nothing to lose out there. My first Wimbledon making fourth round, playing Rafa on Centre Court, I definitely had a sense of even if I get broken here – I was actually thinking about it in the fourth set. If I get broken here, it’s not the end of the world. There’s another set to play.

Even if I end up losing that match – you know, having that sort of pillow to fall on even if I got broken, I think that definitely played a big part, you know, having nothing to lose out there.

 

Q. How would you compare what you’re feeling now to when three weeks ago you lost in the first round of a challenger to John Patrick Smith?

NICK KYRGIOS: Well, I don’t know. It’s just extraordinary. I’d never think after that match I’d be in the quarters of Wimbledon three weeks later.

It just shows that, you know, my coach has done such a great job. I’m just staying persistent, working hard, and yeah. I’m losing my voice.

 

Q. That win will take you to 65 in the rankings. How will it feel that you won’t be playing in front of one man and a dog?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I have had a bit of trouble in the past playing those low-end tournaments on the back courts. I really like having a big crowd, having that spark. So, yeah, hearing that is music to my ears.

 

Q. I know you tennis players only want to think about the next match, but it could be Roger Federer in the semifinals now. He’s your big idol, isn’t he? How would that be?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, that would be extraordinary. If I manage, you know, to pull the win out against Raonic, to play Roger would be a dream, yeah.

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Andy Murray Skips French Open To Focus On The Grass

The decision has been made after the Brit experienced some ‘discomfort’ during his time in Rome.

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has delayed his return to competitive tennis after deciding to not play any more tournaments on the clay this year.

 

The former world No.1 has confirmed that he will not be playing at the French Open, according to multiple British media sources. Murray’s decision comes less than a week after he was in Rome training with some of the Tour’s top players. During one of his practice sessions in the Italian capital, he had a hit with world No.1 Novak Djokovic who said afterwards he was impressed by the current form of the Brit.

“I was very happy to see him. I haven’t seen him in a while, and it was great to hit with him. I thought he played very well on the court,” Djokovic told reporters last week.
“He moves well considering it’s clay which is not the best surface for his hips. But considering what he has been through lately, I think it seems like he’s been feeling well on the court. That’s what he’s saying, and that’s what it appears on the court itself.”

It is understood that Murray experienced some discomfort in Rome where he participated in the doubles tournament with Liam Broady after receiving a last-minute entry. It is unclear as to where the pain is located and how serious it is. Although it has been deemed significant enough for him to decline a wildcard into next week’s Geneva Open and pass on the French Open where he would have possibly had to play in the qualifying draw.

Murray will now switch his focus to the grass ahead of Wimbledon. He is currently scheduled to next play at The Queen’s Club where he has a contract to play there for the rest of his career. The tournament will start on June 14th with Murray saying he is looking forward to playing in front of a British crowd again. Under current restrictions, Queen’s will welcome 25% of its 9000-spectator capacity.

“It’s been such a difficult time for everyone and it will be great to play in front of home fans in Britain again,” said five-time champion Murray. “The tournament at Queen’s has always meant a lot to me – it’s where I won my first ATP match, I’ve won the singles at Queen’s more than any other in my career, and I’ll never forget our doubles title in 2019. I can’t wait to get back out there.”

34-year-old Murray has played just 11 Tour matches since winning the European Open in Antwerp back in 2019. He is currently ranked 123rd in the world.

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Novak Djokovic Outlasts Tsitsipas To Reach Rome Semis

Novak Djokovic survived a brutal test from Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the semi-finals in Rome.

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Novak Djokovic survived Stefanos Tsitsipas over two days as a 4-6 7-5 7-5 win ensured his place in the last four of Rome.

 

The world number one came back from a set and a break down to ensure his place in the semi-finals in Rome.

It’s the second time in the space of a few weeks that Tsitsipas has lost to Djokovic and Nadal in three hour epic matches.

Next for Djokovic will be Lorenzo Sonego who beat Andrey Rublev 3-6 6-4 6-3 in his delayed quarter-final.

It was a bright start from Tsitsipas who was aggressive from the first ball and took the match to the world number one.

An early break helped settle the Greek down who was producing tennis of the highest from the baseline and at the net as he rushed Djokovic into errors.

That became a double break as the Serb was distracted by the rainy conditions as he couldn’t hit through Tsitsipas’s consistent defence.

After breaking back and consolidating after some nice combinational patterns of play, rain halted play for a few hours.

Once they came back it was Tsitsipas who continued to dictate the points to his favour and with accurate serving was able to close out the first set in in 51 minutes.

The start of the second set was no different, after both players held serve to love Tsitsipas grinded out a crucial break taking advantage of a lack of concentration from Djokovic.

However once again rain halted play and Djokovic had a whole night to figure out how to turn the match around as play was abandoned for the day.

As play resumed the next morning, Tsitsipas continued where he left off from yesterday as he was the aggressor dictating points and putting Djokovic under pressure.

That was until the eighth game as Djokovic raised his level and managed to make a lot of deep returns to cause Tsitsipas trouble.

Tsitsipas managed to save four break points with some clutch tactical serving and bold high-margin play.

On the fifth break point Djokovic finally punched a hole through Tsitsipas’ defence to level the set at 4-4 as he let out a huge roar.

The Greek remained valiant and produced a higher level of base play throughout the rest of the set as he earned two opportunities to break back.

However this time it was Djokovic’s turn to produce clutch serves and unlike Tsitsipas, the Serb held for 5-4.

Big moments were meant for big players and you can always rely on the world number one to produce those. A big final return game from Djokovic sealed with clever tactical played allowed him to break and let out another huge roar as he levelled this match at one set all.

In the final set, there was ball-striking of the highest quality as both players looked to out manoeuvre and out-hit each other.

The first break of the set went to Tsitsipas as Djokovic’s shot failed to reach the other side of the net as the Serb smashed his racket into the side barrier of the court.

After holding for a 3-1 lead, Tsitsipas looked to finish the match out as he had four opportunities for a double break lead.

A combination of erratic decisions and clutch serving from the world number one saw them saved as the Serb would hold on.

In typical Djokovic fashion he would break in the next game comfortably as this was turning out to be one of the best final sets of the season.

Tsitsipas would have the chance to close out the match after breaking for a 5-4 lead but the Serb’s court coverage was too good and he continued to hit insane returns for 5-5.

After 3 hours and 15 minutes of play over two days, Djokovic produced a near-perfect final game to deny Tsitsipas the win as he made his way into the semi-finals.

Next for the world number one will be Lorenzo Sonego on Saturday evening for a place in the final.

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French Open Chief: Roger Federer Would have Won Multiple French Open Titles If It Wasn’t For Nadal

Guy Forget also predicts how far the 39-year-old could go in the draw this year.

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The decision by Roger Federer to play at the French Open is the most logical step ahead of Wimbledon, according to tournament director Guy Forget.

 

The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played a competitive match on the surface since June 2019. Last year he missed most the season due to a right knee injury which required two surgical procedures, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. So far this year he has only played in one tournament which was at the Qatar Open where he reached the semi-finals.

Federer will return to the court next week at the Geneva Open in his native Switzerland. It is the only event he will play before heading to Roland Garros. An event he had only played in once out of the past five editions. Forget, who is a former top 10 player himself, believes the match play is exactly what Federer needs.

“That Roger comes to play Roland Garros seems logical to me. This will allow him to play, and especially to test himself. Clay is a surface that requires you to be precise in your movements. The better Federer is at Roland Garros, the better he will be at Wimbledon,” he told reporters earlier this week.

The Swiss Maestro has only won the French Open once in his career which was back in 2009. Although he has reached the final on four other occasions. It was at the 1999 French Open where he made his main draw debut in a major at the age of 17. Overall, 11 out of Federer’s 103 ATP titles have been won on the clay.

However, Forget believes Federer would have won many more French Open titles if it wasn’t for the formidable Rafael Nadal. A player who has won more ATP trophies on the dirt than any other player in history, including 13 at the French Open alone.

“If Rafael Nadal hadn’t existed Federer would have had at least 5 or 6 titles at Roland, I’m sure of that.” Forget commented.
“Regarding this edition, I think it can happen that he could go into the second week.” He added.

Federer has lost to Nadal in all six of their meetings at the French Open – four times in the final and twice in the semi-finals. He trails their overall head-to-head 16-24.

The French Open will get underway on May 30th.

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