Nick Kyrgios’ upset from losing to Karen Khachanov at the US Open was evident in the wee hours of Wednesday. Although the Australian now can add the first-round participation in New York to his outstanding list of recent accomplishments, his desire to advance further in the draw made it difficult for him to glean any positives from his five-set defeat.
Heartbreak in New York Is Tough For “Devastated” Kyrgios
Kyrgios said, “I feel like I’ve let so many people down,” as he sought to build on his July run to his first major final at Wimbledon. It is simply devastating. It’s so sad, like. Not just for me, but for everyone I know who supports my victory as well.
In Arthur Ashe Stadium, Kyrgios battled Khachanov for three hours and 39 minutes while dishing out 31 aces, but he felt that a sluggish start had cost him dearly as the 27th seed outlasted the Australian to advance to his first Grand Slam semi-final.
I simply came out flat,” Kyrgios admitted. “I didn’t feel great physically. Towards the end of the game, I finally started to feel terrific.
“Obviously, I’m in shock. But Karen deserves full credit. He is a warrior. He is a fighter. Today, I thought he served pretty well. The way he hit his locations under pressure made him possibly the finest server I played during this event.
Kyrgios made an impression during the first week of play in New York, defeating close friends Thanasi Kokkinakis, Benjamin Bonzi, and J.J. Wolf before putting an end to Daniil Medvedev’s championship defense with an incredible fourth-round performance. The 23rd seed came within one set of making it to his first semi-final at Flushing Meadows, but he acknowledged that Khachanov was superior in crucial situations.
Kyrgios remarked, “He really played the important points beautifully. “There wasn’t much in it, frankly. Obviously, I’m devastated. To be honest, it just felt like you could either succeed in everything or fail completely. I currently feel as though I have failed this event. That is how it appears.
Kyrgios’ surge this past week has propelled him to No. 19 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, making him the No. 1 Australian. He was previously outside the Top 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as recently as March.
The 27-year-old has demonstrated a high level of physical dedication as he has amassed 26 victories since the start of the grass season in June, and he batted down concerns over his knee after aggravating it during Tuesday night’s encounter.
Just my knee hurts, Kyrgios stated. I’ve played a lot of tennis during the past few months, of course. just released… I simply split-stepped and made minor adjustments. Feeling fine at the end. On that, I applied some Deep Heat. Right now, everyone has a minor ailment. not much major.
Kyrgios can look back on a tremendously successful few months on the Tour during which he won his eighth tour-level singles championship at the Citi Open ATP 500 event in Washington. Kyrgios has already made arrangements to travel home to Australia for a vacation from tournament play.
Along with Kokkinakis, he won the doubles championship in the nation’s capital, and the Australian Open champions still have a good chance of making the Nitto ATP Finals in November. Currently ranked sixth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings are Kokkinakis and Kyrgios.
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