Kyrgios sends a ‘reminder to put you where you are’ after making Tsitsipas’ tie | Wimbledon 2022

With Nick Kyrgios, you never know what you’re going to get. tow days After struggling against Paul Gibb Spitting in the direction of a fan who said he was abusing him, the Australian gave an impeccable performance to advance to the third round, the kind of show that, if he were to reproduce on a consistent basis, would make him a world-beater.

Filip Krajinovic reached the final at Queen’s Club less than two weeks ago, but the Serbian lost 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 by Kyrgios, on a full trip, with 50 winners for only 10 valid fouls, 24 aces and a day Great at serving, losing just nine points. “I just wanted to remind everyone that I am very good,” Kyrgios said. “Today right from the start I felt really good. From the back of the field I felt like I came back really well. I was very locked up from the start today. I just wanted to prove to people that I’m really good. I feel like I’m not being respected sometimes, you know.” ?”

This was Kyrgios at his best, attacking an opponent who was enjoying the most steady year of his life. In the first set, the 27-year-old never dropped a single point on his serve, never lost focus and some of his shots were on the verge of ridiculous. If he plays that way in the next round, even against a good player like fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, he will stop for a bit.

Kyrgios said what happened against JP in the first round, and the subsequent headlines sparked by his conduct, for which he was fined £8,200, made him even more determined to make an offer. “I was very disappointed with my performance in the first round. Then obviously the lack of respect for the media and everything just, it was just a reminder to bring you all back to where you are from today’s performance. He made it to the Queens finals, top 30 in the world, seeded. It’s a nice reminder. “.

Kyrgios has a 3-0 record over Tsitsipas in ATP Tour regular matches and although the No. 4 seed looked good on Thursday against Australia’s Jordan Thompson, Kyrgios knows he’s in good shape, having reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle, where he was He also beat the Greek. This is a tournament for which he has prepared better than almost at any other time in his career. He said, “I’m excited.” “I feel like we both got it right. We are two of the biggest stars in the sport. Hopefully if we both do our best tennis, it will be great to watch.”

Kyrgios has always been a mystery. sparkling at times, pungent at other times, It sparked controversy Probably more than any other player of his generation. There were moments when he was wronged and many times when he was wrong. What you see tends to be what you get. Even in his bad moments, he’s honest, and he’s not about to change. “I just feel like I’m comfortable in my own skin,” he said. “Some people just love to tear me apart. It just isn’t possible anymore. I just want to give the people watching this press conference or watching my tennis just believe in yourself, just be yourself, and don’t be someone else here either. Don’t just say what you’ve been told. “.

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

Kyrgios will likely be fined for spitting in a crowd’s direction during a first-round match, with an investigation underway, but Kyrgios says he “didn’t care too much”. “I know what I hold in this sport. One of the most important figures in the sport. Do you want to talk about it? Nothing to investigate there because it’s just facts. I’m very self-confident. All the challenges I’ve overcome in my life. Proud to be here and doing it my way.” Own the ability to produce tennis like this in WimbledonIt’s a dream come true for any tennis player.”

Kyrgios was due to play in the doubles with Tanasi Kokinakis, as the two won the Australian Open earlier this year, but the pair pulled out, with Kyrgios making clear he wanted to focus entirely on the singles, further proof that he means working here. Balancing showmanship and professionalism has always been difficult, but he knows Wimbledon presents his best chance of winning Grand Slam titles. “If I can find a little more tennis, we’ll see,” he said. “If I can keep playing like this, I’m too dangerous.”

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