Kyrgios sends ‘reminder to put you in your place’ after putting on Tsitsipas tie | Wimbledon 2022

With Nick Kyrgios, you never know exactly what you’re going to get. Two days after he struggled past Paul Jubb and spat at a fan he said was abusing him, the Australian produced an impeccable third-round performance, the kind of display that, if he puts on a consistent way, basis, would make him a world beater.

Filip Krajinovic reached the final at Queen’s Club less than two weeks ago, but the Serb was blown away, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 by Kyrgios, in full flight, with 50 winners against just 10 unforced errors, 24 aces and a phenomenal day of service, in which he lost just nine points. “I wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good,” he said. Today I just felt really good from the start. From the back of the track I felt like I was coming back really well. I was just very ordinary locked up from the start today. I just wanted to prove to people that I’m really good. I sometimes feel like I don’t have the respect, you know?’

This was Kyrgios at his best, beating an opponent who has had the most consistent year of his life. In the first set, the 27-year-old never left a point on his serve, never lost his focus and some of his shots were on the verge of absurdity. If he plays like that in the next round, even against someone as good as fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, he will stop for a while.

Kyrgios said what happened to Jubb in the first round, and the subsequent headlines his behavior provoked made him even more determined to put on a show. “I was quite disappointed in my performance in the first round. Then of course the lack of respect from the media and just everything, it was just kind of a reminder to put you all back in your place from today’s performance. He made it to the Queen’s top 30 finals in the world. It’s a friendly reminder.”

Kyrgios has a 3-0 record over Tsitsipas in regular ATP Tour matches and while the No. 4 looked good against Australian Jordan Thompson on Thursday, Kyrgios knows he is in good shape after reaching the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle. , where he also beat the Greek. This is a tournament he has prepared for better than at almost any other time in his career. “I’m excited,” he said. “I feel like we’ve both earned it. We’re two of the biggest stars in the sport. Hopefully it’ll be great to watch as we both bring our best tennis.”

Kyrgios has always been a mystery. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes unruly, he has probably sparked more controversy than any other player of his generation. There have been times when he has been wronged and many times when he has been wrong. What you see is usually what you get. Even in his bad moments, he is honest and not about to change. “I just feel like I’m comfortable in my own skin,” he said. “Some people like to just knock me down. It’s just not possible anymore. I want to give people watching this press conference or watching my tennis to just believe in yourself, be yourself, don’t be anyone else here either. Don’t just say what you’re told.”

Nick Kyrgios returns the ball during his win
Kyrgios returns the ball during his one-sided win. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Kyrgios is likely to be fined for spitting at fans during his first round match while an investigation is underway, but Kyrgios says he “don’t care”. “I know what I bring to the sport. One of the most important people in the sport. Do you want to talk about that? Nothing to explore there, because it’s just factual. I have a lot of confidence in myself. All the challenges I face in my I have conquered my life. Proud to be here and do it my own way. To be able to produce tennis like this at Wimbledon is a dream come true for any tennis player.”

Kyrgios was set to play doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis, the two who had won the Australian Open title earlier this year, but the pair withdrew, with Kyrgios explaining he wanted to focus entirely on singles, further proof he’s making it here. has its way. It has always been difficult to find the balance between showmanship and professionalism, but he knows Wimbledon is his best shot at winning a grand slam title. “If I can find that tennis a little more often, we’ll see,” he said. “If I can keep playing like this, I’m very dangerous.”

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