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Surging In Confidence, Nick Kyrgios Aims To Shine At Queen’s




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After what was a difficult clay court season for Nick Kyrgios, the Australian believes he has returned back to his best ahead of his campaign on the grass.


In recent weeks the world No.20 has contended with a series of physical and personal issues. A hip injury and shoulder problem impacted on his progression in recent weeks and forced him to withdraw from the Italian Open. On top of that, Kyrgios has had to also cope with bereavement after his grandfather passed away in May.

Fortunately there is light at the end of the tunnel for the two-time grand slam quarterfinalist. He has now pledged that he is fully fit ahead of his Queen’s campaign and is ready to challenge the best in the world. The recovery has been attributed to a series of injections Kyrgios had in his joints following his French Open exit to Kevin Anderson.

“(I’m) in really good shape now, I got an injection into my hip and in my shoulder,” he told The Herald Sun.
“I’ve been doing a lot of rehabbing. Had a good week of rehab after the French. I’m able to move without any pain in my hip and it’s been a while since I’ve been like that.

The next test of Kyrgios’ current form will be American world No.50 Donald Young, his first round opponent at Queen’s. Following the withdrawal of Jack Sock, Kyrgios has edged his way into a seeded position at eighth in the draw.

“Coming on the grass kind of refreshes you a little bit, a whole new scene and I feel really good.”

‘Feels like home’

Throughout his career, Kyrgios has been open about his struggles with homesickness. Earlier this year he admitted that it was hard for him to ‘stay on the road’ due to the issue with tennis tournaments occurring all around the world.

“I know it’s a great opportunity to go and see new places. But I get homesick quite easily.” Kyrgios admitted.
“It’s not easy being away from your home, being away from your girlfriend. I just wanted to be with them.”

In London this year, he has the support of familiar faces. During the grass-court swing, he will stay in an apartment with his girlfriend, mother and agent. Unlike the clay, 22-year-old feel more at home on the grass. This is reflected in his record at the Wimbledon Championships. Currently Kyrgios has won more main draw matches (in singles) at SW19 than any other grand slam tournament. In 2014 he made headlines after defeating the then world No.1, Rafael Nadal, to reach the quarter-finals at the age of 19.

“The homesickness kicks in pretty much straight away when I’m in Europe for the clay, but when I’m in America or London it feels like home,” said Kyrgios.
“Coming onto the grass kind of refreshes you a little bit. I love the setting here.”

A way to go

Kyrgios has already illustrated his potential on the tour this year with back-to-back wins over Novak Djokovic and reaching the semifinals of the Miami Masters. Yet motivation continues to hamper him. In a recent interview with The Times, he said he ‘probably tanked eight tournaments’ out of the 18 he played. It was his fragile temperament that resulted in a temporary suspension from the tour last year.

Mentoring the world No.20 is ex-player Sebastian Grosjean. The two are making progress together, but his ongoing fight with his own mentality continues.

“Sebastien has been helping me a lot. At the same time there’s a lot to do. I wouldn’t say I’m there mentally yet.” Kyrgios explained.
“I’m not thinking about making the top five. I’m just trying to get through every day and put in as much effort as I can.
“When I start setting goals I can lose motivation and stop trying.”

Kyrgios will play his first round match against Young at Queen’s on Monday.

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Matches don’t come as dramatic as the one Rafael Nadal played on Wednesday. 


The 22-time grand slam champion dealt with an abdominal injury, lost a break advantage in three sets and still managed to win after four hours of pulsating play. Awaiting him in the next round will be Nick Kyrgios if he is fit enough to play. Kyrgios dismissed Cristian Garin in straight sets in his quarter-final match. 

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The world No.4 is through to the semi-finals but there are new doubts over his current health.




Rafael Nadal has kept his chances of achieving a calendar slam alive by defeating American Taylor Fritz in a dramatic quarter-final match at Wimbledon where he struggled with injury. 


The second seed took a medical time out during the second set but continued to battle to a sensational 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(10-4), win over Fritz. Two days ago Nadal was seen wearing tape on his abdomen but refused to go into details when asked by reporters. Although it was clear that this issue is ongoing with the Spaniard crouching over a couple of times after serving in pain. 

“The body is generally fine. Of course, in the abdominal area, something is not going well. I had to find a way to serve a little bit differently,” said Nadal. “I was thinking during a lot of moments that I would not be able to finish the match but the energy (of Center Court) was something else.”

In the roller-coaster encounter, 19 breaks of serves occurred throughout the marathon match. During the gut-busting 260-minute showdown Nadal saw plenty of chances come and go. In each of the first two sets, he had a break advantage before losing them. He also failed to maintain a break advantage in the decider before coming through in the tiebreak. Nevertheless, he managed to come out on top with the help of 5 aces and 55 winners. 

“I enjoy playing these kinds of matches in front of you guys (the crowd),” the Spaniard continued. 
“It has been a tough afternoon against a great player. All the credit to Taylor, he has been playing great the whole season.’
“From my side, it was not an easy match and I am happy to be in the semifinal.”

The triumph is a bitter pill for Fritz to swallow who was bidding to become the youngest American man to reach the last four at Wimbledon since 2005. Until now he had been on an eight-match winning streak.

As for Nadal, he is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 38th at a major event. He is now 8-0 when it comes to playing quarter-final matches at the tournament.

Amid concerns over the abdomen, Nadal now has only two days to recover in time for his blockbuster showdown against the formidable Nick Kyrgios who came through his match in straight sets against Cristian Garin. Nadal leads their head-to-head 6-3 and has won their two previous meetings at SW19.  

“I hope to be ready to play it,” he said of the semi-final.
“TNick is a great player on all surfaces, especially on the grass. He’s having a great grass-court season and it’s going to be a great challenge. I need to be one hundred percent.”

At the age of 36 Nadal is seeking to reach his first Wimbledon final since 2011.

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“I Thought The Ship Had Sailed’ – Nick Kyrgios Reaches Maiden Wimbledon Semis

The 27-year-old reacts to achieving a new milestone in his career.




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Nick Kyrgios has achieved his best-ever result at a Grand Slam tournament after beating Cristian Garin in straight sets in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. 


Kyrgios, who was playing in the last eight of the tournament for the first time since 2014, rallied to a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5(5) win over his Chilean rival. Becoming the first player from his country to reach the last four of the men’s draw since Lleyton Hewitt did so back in 2005.  

”I felt I was playing on the back foot a lot. He’s a hell of a player,” Kyrgios said afterward. “He’s obviously very confident. Hell of a tournament for him to make the quarter-finals. I got lucky on a couple of break points here and there. It could have been him standing here (giving the winner’s interview).”

In what was a largely controlled match from Kyrgios, he produced a total of 17 aces alongside 35 winners against 29 unforced errors. There were the occasional outbursts and criticism of the lines officials but it was by nowhere as controversial as his previous encounters against Stefanos Tsitspas in the third round and Paul Jubb in the first.

The breakthrough comes during what has been a turbulent career. Kyrgios has been a player involved in many controversies and was at one stage issued with a suspended ban from the Tour due to unsportsmanlike conduct. However, his talent was never doubted but many were unsure if he could be consistent enough to have a deep run at a major event. He once was at a pub until 4 am on the same day he was due to play Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.

“It was an amazing atmosphere out here (on court one). I never thought I will be in the semifinal of a grand slam. I thought my ship had sailed.” He admits. 
“I didn’t go about things earlier in my career great and I may have wasted (time).’
‘I’m really proud of the way I’ve come back out here with my team and with that performance.”

As one of the few top 100 players who travel without a coach, Kyrgios paid tribute to those around him. 

“I don’t have a coach I would never put that burden on someone,” he jokes.
“Each and every one of my team plays an important role. I feel like nobody knows my tennis better than I do. I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven and to be in the semi-final of a slam I am pretty happy.”  

Kyrgios is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semi-finalist since 2008.

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