Nick Kyrgios’ Wimbledon fairy tale continues as he booked his place in the men’s singles semi-final with a routine win over Cristian Garin.
The encounter with Court One was uneventful by Kyrgios standards as he secured a straight-sets victory, winning 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-5) against the Chilean.
Minus a small spat with a linesman and the referee just before he won at match point, it was a very professional performance from the Aussie.
And his post-match interview revealed a new side to his personality, with an emotional Kyrgios admitting he felt past mistakes meant he would never get as far as the last four of a Grand Slam.
“Incredible atmosphere once again, honestly, I never thought I would be at a semi-final of a Grand Slam. I thought my ship had sailed,” Kyrgios said.
“I didn’t do things right in my previous career and maybe I messed up that little window.
“But you know how to come back here with my team and be able to put on a performance…”
He added: “I don’t have a coach, I would never put that burden on someone! But each of my team plays a very important role.
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“No one knows my tennis better than me, I have been playing this sport since I was seven years old. To reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, I am very happy.
His run to the semi-finals may have been marred by clashes with referees, linesmen, opponents, the media, the crowd and the fashion police.
But Kyrgios was on his best behavior – relatively speaking – on Wednesday, even walking Court One in white trainers rather than his favorite reds which break the strict SW19 dress code.
Garin, the world No. 43, had never won a match at Wimbledon before but had a chance when his first-round opponent Matteo Berrettini, eighth seed and among the favorites for the title, withdrew in reason of COVID.
The draw opened invitingly for the 26-year-old, who comes from a country that doesn’t even have grass courts, but his luck turned against Kyrgios.
Still, in a bizarre start to the game, Garin won the first eight points to lead 2-0.
But Kyrgios, amid constant shouting and gesturing towards his box, pulled back for 3-3.
Kyrgios, again taking much longer between serves than he had in his fiery third-round victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas, was then offered the first set by four more unforced errors from his opponent. more nervous.
An early break in the second, to be loved, thanks to looser shots from Garin, put Kyrgios in complete control.
Garin, to his credit, proved to be a tough nut to crack in the third and went the distance, and it wouldn’t be a Kyrgios game without the inevitable contested line call – this time on match point – before than a forehand from Garin floats to the rubber. – stamp his opponent as a Wimbledon semi-finalist.
Kyrgios will face Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday, with the Spaniard playing through the pain barrier to seal an incredible five-set comeback win over American Taylor Fritz.
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