Kyrgios On His Emotions About Entering The Wimbledon Final

Nick Kyrgios

STARNBERG, July 27, 2022 (Guest Post)

It took Nick Kyrgios a while to realise what he achieved at Wimbledon and now that the dust has settled he has some newfound respect for Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Kyrgios is the first to admit that he thought his ship had sailed when came to playing in Grand Slam finals, but he was wrong as he reached his maiden major final at the All England Club a fortnight ago.

The Australian beat the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Filip Krajinovic en route to the semi-final before he advanced to the final via a walkover after Rafael Nadal withdrew from the clash due to injury. Kyrgios stated that he was disappointed that Nadal had to withdraw from the tournament and that is not the way that he wanted to go through to his first Grand Slam. He gave defending champion Djokovic a scare early on as he won the opening set, but the Serbian eventually closed the deal with a 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(3) win. Be on the lookout for the betting sites where you can back these giants in tennis in their future matches and take advantage of their betting offers.

In an interview with the official Citi Open Instagram account, Kyrgios revealed that after losing in the final to Djokovic, it took him a while for the reality to set in and hit him. It was only a week later that it truly sunk in that he had pulled through to a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon and lost.

He went on to say that in a sad way, it had been great. He took some time at his retreat in the Bahamas, just enjoying the downtime and training. Kyrgios mentioned that he had a rough couple of weeks since the final.

Kyrgios said that he thought every tennis player that picks up a racket one day wants to win Wimbledon. Looking back at his career, he thinks that most people would say, and even he himself would say, that the window has closed for him to make another Grand Slam final.

Kyrgios has been without a full-time coach since 2017, but he was in excellent shape at Wimbledon – in terms of fitness and tactics. Despite not having someone barking down orders, the 27-year-old has been putting in the hard yards. He admitted that it felt good to see how his hard work paid off and that he was in pretty good shape at Wimbledon. Kyrgios felt that he was in the best shape that he has been for a while, as playing a number of five-setter made him feel great.

Kyrgios stated that he now realises how much effort goes into reaching and winning major finals, which is why he has more respect for the likes of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, who have won 63 Grand Slams between them.

The Australian continued that his respect has since grown for the “Big 3” since you have to be at peak performance not just physically but mentally as well. Playing any one of them felt like he was playing against someone that is well rested as if they had not played a match in two weeks. Not once did he see Djokovic rattled during a match as he showed tremendous strength.

For Kyrgios, the doubles match he played with Thanasi Kokkinakis, really provided him with a boost in confidence and gave him a much-needed mental boost. Likewise, this past Wimbledon tournament is sure to provide Kyrgios with much-needed inspiration and confidence to hopefully pull through to the next Wimbledon Grand Slam final and possibly walk away with the trophy.