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A lot of people would be pissed off, says Nick Kyrgios, he reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but said it was a “good feeling” to silence his critics.
His entertaining run continued in SW19 as he did not care about a shoulder injury to defeat American Brandon Nakashima 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 and reach the major quarter-finals for the first time in seven years.
Join him in the last eight Rafael Nadal, who continued his bid for the Grand Slam titles on the calendar with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Butch van de Zandschulp.
Kyrgios was calmer than In his fiery match against Stefanos Tsitsipas, He remained largely calm as he set up an interview with Cristian Garin from Chile.
The 27-year-old Australian maintained his focus in a disciplined display and credited his success at the All England Club to improving his off-field habits.
“There was a time when I had to get out of the bar at 4 am to play [Rafael] Nadal, said Kyrgios, who is ranked 40th in the world.
“My agent had to come to me before I played my main court match [at] Wimbledon. You’ve come a long way, that’s for sure.”
Unseeded Garin, 26, prevented an entire Australian encounter by responding from two sets – and saving two points in Game Five – to defeat 19th seed Alex de Minaur.
The world number 43, a clay-court specialist, reached his first quarter-final with a 2-6 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 7-6 (10-6) win.
Kyrgios looks at a glass of wine after asking him to win
All eyes were back on Kyrgios after his explosive third-round match against fourth-seeded Greek Tsitsipas, which became one of the biggest talking points at this year’s tournament after containing plenty of drama.
While the match against Nakashima in Central Court lacked Saturday night’s first court fireworks, it was slow to absorb.
Breakout opportunities were scarce as the pair dominated their service games, with Kyrgios’ injury adding to making the match with volatile twists difficult to call upon.
After a hard-fought first match point win, he said, “I need a big glass of wine tonight for sure.”
On how he was able to fight off the 20-year-old Nakashima, he added, “It wasn’t even close to my best performance, but I’m very happy to beat it and I struggled really hard.
“I’ve played a lot of tennis in the last month and a half and I’m proud of the way the ship has proven it.”
Kyrgios reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time since 2014 when he stunned then-world number one Rafael Nadal, when he was a 19-year-old.
This was followed by another quarter-final round at the Australian Open in 2015, but he has not been able to reach the same stage again so far.
“I’m sitting here in the Wimbledon quarter-final, feeling happy, lonely, matured and having good people around me, I’m very fortunate,” Kyrgios said.
“I feel like I’m comfortable in my own skin.”
He said he “didn’t care” about the criticism he received after the Tsitsipas match – a confrontation that resulted in both players being fined for their behavior – and that he was only laughing at it.
“I have a huge chip on my shoulder,” he said with a smile. “Just like I’m sitting here now in the Wimbledon quarter-finals again, I just know there are a lot of people out there who are very upset.”
Kyrgios is now able to “mentally handle” the aches
While people regularly discuss his mentality when discussing why a player with this talent has not won more titles, injuries are another factor in what has stalled Kyrgios’ progress over recent years.
Physical problems came to the fore again for the Australian, who withdrew from the Mallorca Open last month with an abdominal injury, at the end of the first set against Nakashima.
“I woke up after playing Tsitsipas and had shoulder pain,” he said.
“I almost knew it was time for my body to start feeling some vibrations. I think that’s normal. At this time of the event I don’t think anyone feels 100%.
“Mentally speaking, I feel like I’m handling these things better now.”
In an even opening match, neither player left the impression of serving the other until Kyrgios looked dented by the problem, suddenly struggled with his comeback and pressured the American for advantage.
At the beginning of the second set, keep grimacing and try to relax the affected shoulder between the two points.
However, he broke in the third inning, aided by a double fault and crush from Nakashima, before calling for fitness on the change.
After taking painkillers and receiving regular treatment, he was able to move into a two-to-one lead as the match progressed at a brisk pace.
Another development occurred when Kyrgios got lost in the fourth set – which he said was a “total rope tactic in doping”.
Kyrgios lost the final when he casually came back – and even served under the armpit on Nakashima’s first set point, which he won – but prepared to run away with his breakout.
“I just got rid of this game of service,” Kyrgios said. “I knew he was in a beat. He’s starting to beat me up.”
“I wanted to get rid of it a little bit. It worked.”
Nadal continues to display the calendar Salam
Nadal is playing his first Wimbledon tournament since 2019, and for the first time since he underwent radiofrequency ablation treatment for his chronic foot injury to soothe long-term nerve pain.
The Spaniard, who was chasing a third Wimbledon title, was in control of the match in the first two sets, saving the only break point he encountered en route to the lead.
However, he faltered while serving the match, breaking at 5-3 after a sloppy match and eventually forced to a tiebreaker by the Dutchman.
Nadal squandered three match points from 6-3 on the break before eventually taking fourth place in a missed overhead header from world number 25 Van de Zandschul.
“I think I continued positively to the end where I played a bad match,” Nadal said.
“On a personal level, for me to be able to reach the quarter-finals after three years is great for me, so I’m very happy.”
will face Taylor Fritz The next after the American reached the Grand Final with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Australian Jason Kubler.